November 21, 2014 will be the 42nd annual World Hello Day. Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace.
World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.
People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.
As a global event World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace. The World Hello Day web site address is http://www.worldhelloday.org.
Here are some New Year greetings from around the world. If yours is not listed, please share it with us by posting it in the comments.
- Chinese (Cantonese) – Sun nien fai lok
- Chinese (Mandarin) – Xin nian yu kuai
- Danish – Godt Nytår
- Dutch – Gelukkig nieuwjaar
- Farsi – Aide shoma mobarak
- French – Bonne année
- Gaelic – Aith-bhliain Fe Nhaise Dhuit
- German – Gutes Neues Jahr
- Hawaiian – Hauoli Makahiki Hou
- Hebrew – Shanah tovah
- Hindi (Indian) – Nav Varsh Ki Badhaai/ Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
- Hmong – Nyob zoo xyoo tshiab
- Indonesian – Elamat Tahun Baru
- Italian – Buon Capo d’Anno
- Japanese – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu
- Norwegian – Godt Nyttår
- Pilipino (Tagalog) – Maligayang Bagong Taon
- Polish – Szczesliwego Nowego roku
- Portuguese – Feliz ano novo
- Romanian – La Multi Ani
- Russian – S Novym Godom
- Spanish – Feliz Año Nuevo
- Sudanese – Wilujeng Tahun Baru
- Swedish – Gott Nytt År
- Turkish – Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
- Welsh – Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Thanks to my fellow community counselor, Lisa Burger for compiling this great list!
Here is another video that has been a long time in the making. This is a video of au pairs participating in our Central & Southern Maryland Cultural Fair on February 7, 2009.