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Felix Dies Tibi Sit!

Felix Dies Tibi Sit – This blog goes out to my “little” sister on her birthday.  Literally, this phrase translates as “May it be a festive day for you.”  The phrase has been found on several ancient letters celebrating the birthday of family and friends.  At our school we set the words to the popular tune of “Happy Birthday” and serenade students celebrating birthdays.  Kristen, I am sorry I can’t be with you on your birthday, but know that I am serenading you in cyberspace!  Te amo, soror!

Nota Bene:

  • The Latin word for birthay is natalis.  We derive all sorts of words from this such natal, nativity, etc.
  • The phrase “happy birthday” could also be rendered in Latin as natalis beatus.

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