The end of the year is fast approaching… Are you wishing your loved ones a Happy New Year? Or a Happy New Year’s?
For non-native English speakers especially, this might be a tricky choice since both might be heard and even read. In North America in particular, the latter with the apostrophe is common when talking about New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day (for example, “What are you doing on New Year’s?” “Will I see you on New Year’s?”). Because of this, many people have transferred this habit to the expression. That said, the norm is to use the form without apostrophe-s (Happy New Year).
Note that New Year, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are all considered proper nouns and are therefore capitalized. You should also be careful not to write them without the apostrophe (
New Years) as it would imply you’re celebrating several new years at once, which is not quite possible (unless, of course, you’re flying around the globe on your private jet to celebrate several new years in different time zones).
To avoid this, you can also use some other expressions like “Happy Holidays” or even something creative such as “See you next year!”