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How to Say Happy New Year in Polish & New Year Wishes

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How to Say Happy New Year in Polish

Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

So, how do you say Happy New Year in Polish? Let a native teach you! At PolishPod101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Polish New Year wishes!

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Celebrate New Year in Poland
  2. Must-Know Polish Words & Phrases for the New Year!
  3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Polish
  4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
  5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
  6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
  7. How PolishPod101 Can Help You Learn Polish

But let’s start with some vocabulary for Polish New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

1. How to Celebrate New Year in Poland

Like in many other countries, in Poland the New Year starts on the first day of January. But for Poles, the night preceding this day is the more important one. This is because it’s New Year’s Eve! Across the country, people host loud parties and banquets, which include lots of good food and drinks shared with a group of friends and family, of course.

Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-

What do Polish people call the night before the first day of the New Year in Polish?

If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep reading.

Poles always celebrate New Year’s Eve quite noisily. There’s a legend explaining why this is so. According to an ancient prophecy, at midnight on the night of the turn of the 10th century the Leviathan, or Lewiatan, imprisoned by Pope Sylvester, was to wake up and destroy the world, spewing sulfur and fire. But, when the deciding moment came, the Leviathan didn’t break free, and, filled with joy, the people poured out into the streets, dancing, singing and drinking wine. Thus began the tradition of noisy, happy celebrations.

Just as in the legend, today Poles continue to celebrate the occasion with much grandeur. Throughout the evening on New Year’s Eve, also called wigilia Nowego Roku, Poles organized dance parties, gala dinners, house parties, and outdoor events in cities where people can enjoy free music played by the biggest stars in Polish music and cabaret.

The largest events are held on the Constitution Square in Warsaw, or Plac Konstytucji w Warszawie, and in the Cracow Main Market Square, or Rynek Główny w Krakowie, where the number of participants can reach as many as 20,000.

And at exactly midnight, or północ, the whole nation lights up as bright as day. People welcome the New Year with champagne and fireworks, setting them off not only at outdoor events organized by the city, but also in the streets in front of their houses. All across Poland people come outside to admire the fireworks, called fajerwerki, shimmering all around. Phones are constantly ringing, because everyone wants to call all their friends and family and be the first one to wish them a Happy New Year.

Did you know that Poles love offering good wishes to each other at every opportunity? If you go outside to watch fireworks, don’t be surprised if strangers hug you and tell you “Happy New Year!”, which in Polish is Szczęśliwego nowego roku!

Now it’s time to answer our quiz question-

What do Polish people call the night before the first day of the New Year in Polish?

They call it Sylwester. Do you remember the story about Leviathan the evil monster?

The pope named Sylvester I was the one who imprisoned the monster, and thus this day was named after him.

Happy New Year!
Szczęśliwego nowego roku!

2. Must-Know Polish Words & Phrases for the New Year!

Polish Words & Phrases for the New Year

1- Year

rok

This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Poland could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

2- Midnight

północ

The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

3- New Year’s Day

Nowy Rok

In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

You can do it!

4- Party

impreza

A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

5- Dancing

taniec

Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

6- Champagne

szampan

Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

7- Fireworks

fajerwerk

These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

Happy Near Year!

8- Countdown

odliczanie

This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

9- New Year’s Holiday

przerwa noworoczna

In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

10- Confetti

Konfetti

In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

11- New Year’s Eve

Sylwester

This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

12- Toast

toast

A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

13- Resolution

postanowienie

Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

14- Parade

parada

New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At PolishPod101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Polish New Year celebrations are like!

3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions List

So, you learned the Polish word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at PolishPod101 - what are yours?

Learn these phrases and impress your Polish friends with your vocabulary.

New Year's Resolutions

1- Read more

Więcej czytać.

Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Polish in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Polish language skills!

2- Spend more time with family

Spędzać więcej czasu z rodziną.

Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

3- Lose weight

Schudnąć.

Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

4- Save money

Oszczędzaj pieniądze.

Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to PolishPod101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

5- Quit smoking

Rzucić palenie.

This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

6- Learn something new

Nauczyć się czegoś nowego.

Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

7- Drink less

Mniej pić.

This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

8- Exercise regularly

Regularnie ćwiczyć.

This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

9- Eat healthy

Zdrowo jeść.

If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

10- Study Polish with PolishPod101

Uczyć się języka polskiego z PolishPod101.com

Of course! You can only benefit from learning Polish, especially with us! Learning how to speak Polish can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. PolishPod101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Polish new year greeting!

Make decorative notes of these in Polish, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Polish incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

Language Learning Quotes

Still undecided whether you should enroll with PolishPod101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

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As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Polish could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Polish - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Polish - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

7. Why Enrolling with PolishPod101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

If you are unsure how to celebrate the New Year, why not give yourself a huge gift, and enroll to learn Polish! With more than 12 years of experience behind us, we know that PolishPod101 would be the perfect fit for you. There are so many reasons for this!

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  • Fun and Easy: Keeping the lessons fun and easy-to-learn is our aim, so you will stay motivated by your progress!

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Polish Word of the Day - Scotch tape (phrase)

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taśma klejąca Scotch tape (phrase)

Taśma klejąca jest świetna do pakowania prezentów.
Scotch tape is perfect for wrapping presents.

rolka taśmy klejącej
roll of scotch tape

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Polish Word of the Day - strict (adjective)

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surowy strict (adjective)

Nauczyciel jest surowy.
The teacher is strict.

surowy nauczyciel
strict teacher

surowi rodzice
strict parents

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Polish Word of the Day - check in (verb)

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meldować się check in (verb)

O której należy się zameldować?
What time is check in?

meldować się w hotelu
check in to a hotel

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Polish Word of the Day - economy class (phrase)

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klasa ekonomiczna economy class (phrase)

Miejsca w klasie ekonomicznej są najtańsze.
The seats in economy class are the most affordable.

miejsca w klasie ekonomicznej
economy class seats

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Polish Word of the Day - credit card (phrase)

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karta kredytowa credit card (phrase)

numer karty kredytowej
credit card number

płacić kartą kredytową
buy with a credit card

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Polish Word of the Day - tie (noun)

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krawat tie (noun)

Mężczyzna w koszuli i krawacie stoi.
The man in the shirt and tie is standing.

Mężczyzna zawiązuje krawat w paski.
The man is tying a striped necktie.

czerwony krawat w paski
red, striped necktie

garnitur i krawat
suit and tie

czarny garnitur, niebieska koszula i różowy krawat
black suit, blue shirt, and pink necktie

krawat we wzorki
pattern necktie

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Polish Word of the Day - happy (adjective)

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szczęśliwy happy (adjective)

Szczęśliwa para przytula się na plaży.
The happy couple is hugging on the beach.

Rodzina jest szczęśliwa.
The family is happy.

grupa szczęśliwych ludzi
group of happy people

szczęśliwa rodzina
happy family

bardzo szczęśliwy
very happy

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Polish Word of the Day - orange (noun)

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pomarańcza orange (noun)

Pomarańcze są bogatym źródłem witaminy C.
Oranges are a rich source of Vitamin C.

dojrzała pomarańcza
ripe orange

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Polish Word of the Day - cooking oil (noun)

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olej cooking oil (noun)

Olej jest potrzebny do gotowania.
Cooking oil is needed to prepare the food.

butelka oleju
bottle of cooking oil

olej roślinny
vegetable cooking oil

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