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Greetings for specific occasions - synonyms or related words

happy birthday

a greeting you use when it is someone’s birthday

Happy Birthday/Easter/Anniversary

used as a greeting on a particular occasion

many happy returns

used as a greeting that you say or write to someone on their birthday

Merry Christmas

used for wishing someone a happy time at Christmas

season’s greetings

used as a greeting during the Christmas period, especially on cards



used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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