Birthday songs in various languages

The tune to the song 'Happy Birthday to you' is used in many different languages. There are also a number of other birthday songs, some of which use the same tune but different words. This section includes some of those.

'Happy Birthday to you' was written in 1893 by Patty and Mildred Hill, teachers in Louisville, Kentucky in the USA. The tune came from another song called 'Good Morning to All'.

English version

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear name
Happy Birthday to you

There are a number of other joke versions in English, including:

Happy Birthday to you
I went to the zoo
I saw a huge gorilla
And it looked just like you

This is one version we used to sing when I was a child. You can replace the gorilla with another creature that looks like the birthday boy/girl.

Birthday songs in other languages

Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh

Please contact me if you'd can contribute a birthday song or two. I'd also be interested to hear of interesting birthday customs and traditions.

How to say "Happy Birthday" in many different languages


Information about the birthday song

Happy Birthday to you in various languages

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