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Subject:Is there a way to say...
Time:11:50 am
Is there a way to say "Happy Birthday" in Latin? Today is my sister's birthday and she's a huge fan of any and all languages so I thought I'd wish her it in Latin (if there's a way).

Thank you.
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ioanna_ioannina
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Time:2010-11-20 06:07 pm (UTC)
It is a neologism, but:
Felicem diem natalem.

Or, if you wish, you can say something like:
Faustus felix fortunatus sis die natali.
Lares atque Penati te die tuo natali bis custodiant.
or whichever like this.
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xblackrockx
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Time:2010-11-20 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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falmouthroad
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Time:2010-11-22 12:27 pm (UTC)
'dies natalis' is actually perfectly fine as a classical expression for birthday. And birthdays were celebrated by classical Romans.


If you fancy something a bit literary...

transeat hic sine nube dies, stent aere venti,
ponat et in sicco molliter unda minas.

('May the day pass without clouds, may the winds stand still in the air
and may the wave gently put aside its threats such that the shore is dry')

(Prop. 3.10.5-6 - Propertius to Cynthia on her birthday)

(...probably best not to use the last couplet... 'annua solvamus thalamo sollemnia nostro / natalisque tui sic peragamus iter' which envisages celebrations of a more intimate nature...!).
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