Say "Happy Thanksgiving" in Tagalog!


For the celebration of the American holiday of Thanksgiving, learn a few Tagalog words and phrases to impress your Filipino and Filipino-American friends.


Maligayang Araw ng Pasasalamat!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Maligayang Araw ng Pabo!
Happy Turkey Day!

Gusto mo bang kumain ng pabo?
Do you want to eat turkey?

kalabasa
squash (=pumpkin)

kamote
sweet potato (=yams)

Puro kainan.
It's all eating.

kasama ng pamilya
with the family

salu-salo
eating together

Uuwi ako.
I'm going home.

Maligayang Araw ng Pasasalamat!
Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Halloween in Tagalog!


There is no Halloween in the Philippines. But the first day of November is a national holiday and a big family affair at the cemetery. The tombs are cleaned and people play cards. It's almost festive.


Araw ng Mga Patay
Day of the Dead


Undas
another word for the Day of the Dead


If you really wanted to translate Halloween into Tagalog…

Gabi ng Pangangaluluwa
Night of Ghost Visiting

Bisperas ng Araw ng Mga Patay
Eve of the Day of the Dead

Do NOT use the following phrase:

Maligayang Bisperas ng Araw ng Mga Patay
Happy Eve of the Day of the Dead