Is it OK to say, “Wish you a Happy New Year 2005”?

No, it is not. When you want to greet someone on the New Year, you say, “Happy New Year” or “Wish you a Happy New Year”. Do not include the actual year — in this case 2005 — along with the greeting. If you want to give importance to the year, then say, “Happy 2005” or “Wish you a Happy 2005”.

S. UPENDRAN,  The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, Feb 7, 2005

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