How to say Happy New Year in Russian

Russian Words for the New Year and Christmas Holidays 2009/2010

The New Year arrives before Christmas in Eastern Europe and that is not well known in the West. Most of the Eastern world still celebrates Christmas on it’s historical date–7 January. We’ll explain why in a future post.

But for now lets’ learn how to say “Happy New Year” in Russian and in Ukrainian. In Russian it’s С новым годом and the expression in Ukrainian is З Новим Роком.

Q: How to say Happy New Year / New Year in Russian?
A: S Novym Godom! (С новым годом)
The stress is on the first syllable in both words. Russians do not say Happy New Year, just New Year. Don’t say the “S” separately as its own syllable, it’s merged/jammed into the Novym and the S Novym should sound as one….Snovym.

Q: How to say Happy New Year / New Year in Ukrainian?
A: Z Novym Rokom!
The stress: Novym (last syllable), Rokom (first syllable). Ukrainians do not say Happy New Year, just New Year.

Meanwhile in cities across Russia signs like this are appearing on the streets:

Happy New Year banner on Moscow street.
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