How do you say "happy birthday" in South African?
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How do you say "happy birthday" in South African?

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"Gelukkige verjaardag" is happy birthday in the most popular spoken South Afrikaan language. There are 11 official languages in the South African regions. Most South Africans are multilingual, and often mix languages when communicating.

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The linguistics vary regionally and are affected by the unofficial linguistics of the indigenous population. English is widely spoken, except in rural areas. Birthdays are widely celebrated in South Africa. In some regions there are initiation ceremonies held for a group, rather than individual celebrations. Also, In some areas there are tests when a child reaches a certain age, in order to prepare them for adulthood responsibilities. The tests can last months, and even years.

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