Brazilian Portuguese Expressions for the Holidays
December is a good time to review holiday terms and phrases you can use to write greeting cards or idiomatic expressions you may need in conversations.
Brazil is um país católico, a Catholic country, so o Natal, Christmas is one of its greatest celebrations.
Expressions for Christmas and New Year
The following expressions are more general phrases you can use for spoken or written greetings:
Boas Festas [bowahs FEHStas]– Happy Holidays
Feliz Natal [FEH leez NAH taoh] – Merry Christmas
Bom Ano Novo [bon ahNOO KNOW voo] – Happy New Year
You can use the following, more formal expressions, in cards:
Espero que você e sua família tenham um Bom Natal – I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas;
Desejamos a todos Boas Festas – We wish all of you Happy Holidays
Desejamos um Ano Novo cheio de paz, amor e prosperidade – We hope your New Year is filled with peace, love and prosperity
Boas Festas e que todos seus sonhos se realizem no Ano Novo – Happy Holidays and may all your dreams come true on the New Year
A more traditional greeting used in religious cards or events is:
Feliz Natal e paz na terra aos homens de boa vontade—Merry Christmas and peace on earth, good will toward men.
Are there any other greetings you can think of?