How do we say happy birthday in Italian?

Learning how to wish happy birthday in Italian to friends or members of your family is a very nice way to show your love and affection: Italians love celebrating their birthday and would appreciate your Italian wishes so much!

As in many other languages, in Italian is possible to use different phrases and fixed expressions: either if you want to write them on a lovely card or wish a happy birthday in person, they will make the difference.

First of all, it’s important to learn words and expressions that you will definitely hear (and use) when a birthday is approaching:

Il festeggiato/la festeggiata –> Birthday boy/birthday girl

La festa di compleanno –> The birthday party

Il regalo –> The present

La torta –> The cake

Le candeline –> The candles

Oggi è il mio compleanno –> Today it’s my birthday

Oggi compio 30 anni –> Today I’m turning 30

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And now let’s see how to wish happy birthday!

Tanti auguri! –> Many wishes!

Buon compleanno! –> Happy birthday!

Tanti auguri di buon compleanno! –> Many wishes for your birthday!

Cento di questi giorni! –> Many happy returns!

All these expressions are equally used and lovely, so you can choose the one that sounds best to you and use it to wish the best!

Have you already used one of them? Which one is your favourite?


If you want to learn more about the Italian language, have a look at this page in our blog. And don’t forget to watch our nice video tutorial, so useful to learn grammar, vocabulary and practise pronunciation!