How to say Happy New Year in Portuguese

How to say Happy New Year in Portuguese

First of all I wish you had a Happy Christmas or Feliz Natal. My previous post spoke about Christmas traditions in Portugal, but now I see that my students are wondering how to say Happy New Year in Portuguese too. So I come here today to answer this question. Shall we start?

The celebrations of New Year in Portugal

In Portugal, people celebrate New Year on the 31st of December at night, with friends or family. In Porto, my city, there are a lot of different parties happening all over the city and at midnight people gather in the main square to watch the fireworks. There are also concerts all over town. In other cities, fireworks are also common and the celebrations can be seen a bit throughout the country.


As a typical dish, we eat shrimp as a starter. The main dish is normally a tasty dish of meat or fish and we can eat at home with our families or at the restaurant. Nowadays it is more and more common to eat at a hotel and spend time with your friends on this evening.

If you want to know how to order food in Portuguese you can check out one of my other posts.

The Countdown

Short before midnight, we start preparing for the countdown. This includes getting raisins – 12 to be exact – that we will eat at the sound of the twelve chimes. For each chime, we eat one raisin and we ask for a wish. However, we cannot tell the wish to other people or we believe it won’t come true.

Moreover, many of us believe that going on top of a chair before midnight and jumping on the floor with the right foot first after midnight will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year.

At midnight, we also drink champagne! It is the New Year after all, it is time to celebrate!

Important New Year Words and Expressions in Portuguese

Now that you know some of the New Year Traditions in Portugal, it is time to learn some of the most important New Year Words and Expressions. If you come to Portugal to spend New Year or if you are with Portuguese people, don’t forget to surprise them with the following words and expressions about New Year in Portuguese:

Happy New YearBom Ano Novo/
Feliz Ano Novo
RaisinsUvas passas
Doze badaladas
CountdownContagem Decrescente
New Years
Dia de Ano Novo

Don’t forget to check out also other Useful Portuguese Phrases.

New Year in Portuguese

And this is it! I hope you enjoyed this post and that you learnt how to say Happy New Year in Portuguese.

Please share your experience with us. Have you ever spent New Year in Portugal? Did you like it? Was it different than in your country? How is it in your country? Do you spend it with family or friends?


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6 Comments to “How to say Happy New Year in Portuguese”

  1. Feliz Ano Novo, Mia! Obrigado por tudo!

    1. Obrigada Derek!
      Feliz Ano Novo para ti também! 😀
      De nada, obrigada eu!

  2. Dear Mia
    Thank you very much for all the support you are giving to us learners. I know that when I am struggling or have a question I can always email you and you will always come back to me asap.
    For a long time I was looking for European Portuguese on line but nothing appealed to me and then I found Mia learn Portuguese !! I love yours on line lectures; I bought full course. I would/I actually do recommend your lectures.
    I use them in 3 different ways:
    • I watch then and at the same time I read the slides,
    • I listen to when in bed
    • I use printed copy of the slides to practice spelling and writing
    Besides the lectures you are writing blogs with such a range of very useful information. 🙂 I love the fact that you email us alerting that new blog is available.
    I can see that you love what you do, you are passionate about teaching and you care.

    Obrigada para tudo
    Feliz Ano Novo


    1. Wow Margaret!
      You left me speechless with your kind words! I love to get feedback from my students and to know that I am actually making a difference and making the learning process easier for you makes me so happy!
      I really appreciate it!
      Thank you so much and Bom Ano Novo!

  3. Hi Mia! I am newly signed up and will start the classes after the first of the year. Very impressed with your site and your passion for teaching. Bom Ano Novo!

    1. Hi Mark!
      Thank you for giving my course a try. I hope you will enjoy it! I will be happy to hear all about it and get your feedback!
      Kind regards and Bom Ano Novo!

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