Sto Lat!

Sto lat

A Polish greetings card bearing the phrase ‘Sto Lat!’ (One Hundred Years).

The song ‘Sto Lat’ (one hundred years) is a traditional Polish song, which is sung to express good wishes, good health and long life to a person. On birthdays and name days in Poland well-wishers will often sing the song ‘Sto Lat’. It literally translated means ’100 years’ and might be described as the the equivalent of singing the ‘Happy Birthday’ or the ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” song in English-speaking countries. However, unlike the ‘Happy Birthday’ song ‘Sto Lat’ is also sung at other celebrations such as weddings! The phrase “Sto lat!” is also used without the song to wish someone a long life good fortune, or simply as a toast.

The words of the song are as follows …

Sto Lat!

Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje zyje nam.
Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje zyje nam.
Jeszcze raz, jeszcze raz, niech zyje, zyje nam.
Niech zyje nam!
Sto lat!

And in English translation …

One Hundred Years!

Good luck, good cheer, may you live a hundred years.
Good luck, good cheer, may you live a hundred years.
Once again, once again,
Good luck, good cheer, may you live a hundred years!

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