How to Say “Cheers” Around The World

Travel the globe with a drink in your hand!

Raise your glass! Whether you favour a pint of beer, a glass of wine or your favourite cocktail, just about every culture in the world has their own unique way to say “cheers!” Etiquette ranges from making eye contact to whose glass is highest - take a tour with us as we explore some of these fun cultural toasts:

 (Kenats’y)

Armenia

The person whose glass gets the last drop from the bottle buys the next one.

Armenia
Austria

Prost

Austria

Never cross arms across a table when clinking.

Saúde

Brazil

Drinkers share one large bottle of beer and drink from small glasses.

Brazil
Belgium

Sante

Belgium

Stand when saying cheers, raise your glass before and after you drink.

干杯 (Gānbēi)

China

The host’s glass should always be highest when bumping glasses.

China
Germany

Prost

Germany

Make eye contact, only clink glasses with one person at a time.

Egészségére

Hungary

Don’t clink glasses, just raise them when toasting.

Hungary
Ireland

Sláinte

Ireland

Means good health, but comes from the ancient Irish word “slán” which means “safe”.

건배 (Gunbae)

Korea

This toast means “empty glass” and implies that you should drink your entire drink, but you don’t actually have to.

Korea
Japan

乾杯 (Kanpai)

Japan

Never pour your own glass of beer, but always pour your neighbour’s.

Na zdrowie

Poland

There are many toasts throughout the meal, but the first one must be given by the host.

Poland
Russia

На здоровье!” (Na zdorov'ya)

Russia

This exclamation is actually a thank you to the host for the drink or meal, not just a toast.

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