Happy Birthday in Russian

Happy Birthday in Russian

The easiest and most common way to wish a happy birthday in Russian is to say “Happy birthday!” However, if you want to make the congratulation more personal, wish something special to the birthday man, then our selection of birthday greetings in Russian will come in handy.


General options for greetings

You can start your birthday speech with a standard “С днем рождения!” (Happy Birthday) and then add some warm wishes. The word “желаю” can be omitted from the greetings.

Поздравление с днем рождения

Значение фразы на английском

Желаю всего самого лучшего

Best wishes

Желаю всего того, что ты сам/а себе желаешь (вы сами себе желаете)

I wish you all that you wish yourself

(Желаю) счастья и здоровья

Wish you happiness and health

(Желаю) успеха и радости

I wish you success and joy

Желаю хорошего настроения

I wish you good spirits / to be in a great mood

Желаю любви

I wish you love



Пусть исполнятся все твои/ваши желания!

May all your wishes come true!

Желаю тебе/вам прекрасного дня рождения!

I wish you a wonderful birthday!

Я желаю тебе/вам всего наилучшего в твой/ваш особенный день

I wish you all the best on your special day

All these greetings are neutral, so you can wish one to a colleague or a good friend as well as to a boss or someone you don’t know very well.

Birthday greetings to children or friends

In Russia you can often hear the cheerful greeting “С днем варенья!” Literally, it can be translated as Happy Jam day!  However, it actually means “happy birthday”. This expression became a popular greeting after the cartoon Baby and Carlson release, in which sweet-toothed Carlson called his birthday a jam day. This greeting type is most often addressed to children and sometimes to adults, but very close ones. There are also other informal greetings for friends and relatives.

Birthday greetings

The phrase meaning in English

Желаю, чтобы у тебя все было, а тебе за это ничего не было

I wish that you have everything and don’t get in trouble for it

Я надеюсь, что у тебя будет замечательный день и фантастический грядущий год!

I hope you have a fantastic day and a fantastic year to come!

Пусть твой день рождения будет наполнен смехом!

May your birthday be filled with laughter!

Желаю тебе такого же особенного дня, как и ты сам!

Wishing you a day that is as special as you are!

Желаю тебе никогда не переставать радоваться всем мелочам в твоей жизни!

I wish you never stop enjoying all the little moments in your life!

Ты можешь в это поверить?! Сегодня твой день рождения!

Can you believe it?! It’s your birthday today!

Ты пережил еще один год. Поздравляю!

You survived one more year. Congrats!

Я так рад/а, что ты родился. Ты делаешь мою жизнь особенной каждый день!

I am so glad you came into this world. You make my life special every day!

Я самый счастливый человек на свете, потому что у меня есть ты! С днем рождения!

I’m the luckiest person in the world because I have you! Happy Birthday!

Я так горжусь тем человеком, которым ты стал! С днем рождения!

I’m so proud of the person you are! Happy Birthday!

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Birthday toasts

In addition to the greeting itself, which you say to the birthday boy when you give him a present or immediately upon meeting him, it is customary in Russia to say a toast in which you can put all your wishes. It is not uncommon for a toast to be a story or an anecdote that will be the backstory to the wishes.


A short toast could be this:

  • За здоровье! — To your health! Cheers!
  • За именинника/цу! — To a birthday boy/girl!
  •  За виновника / виновницу торжества! — To the hero of the occasion!


The longer one is like this:

  •  Предлагаю выпить за здоровье именинника/цы! — Let’s make a toast to a birthday boy’s/girl’s health!
  • Давайте выпьем за то, чтобы у именинника/цы все было хорошо! — Let’s make a toast  and wish the birthday boy/girl all the best!

Useful vocabulary on the birthdays subject

Happy Birthday in Russian

In addition to the greetings and toasts themselves, you should also prepare for a Russian birthday party other peculiarity. It won’t hurt to know the words and expressions you might hear at a birthday party:

  • праздничный торт — birthday cake;
  • зажигать свечи — light the candles;
  • задувать свечи — blow out the candles;
  • виновник/ца торжества — male/female hero of the day;
  • пожелания — wishes;
  • именинник/ца — birthday boy/girl;
  • вечеринка — party;
  • воздушный шарик — balloon;
  • открытка с поздравлениями — greeting card;
  • празднование — celebration;
  • подарочная упаковка — gift wrap;


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