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"Sto lat" (One Hundred Years) is a traditional Polish song that is sung to express good wishes to a person. The song's author and exact origin are unattributed. The song is sung both at informal gatherings (such as birthdays or namesdays) or at formal events, such as weddings; it has been played, for example, at the recent presidential inauguration of Lech Kaczyński [1] and during visits by Pope John Paul II.[2] [3] At state events it is not unusual to hear it performed by an orchestra or a military band. A song is a relatively short musical composition for the human voice (possibly accompanied by other musical instruments), which features words (lyrics). ... A child on her first birthday A birthday is the date on which a person is born. ... A calendar page from 1712 with namesdays Namesdays or name days are a tradition, found in various Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries, of attaching personal names to each day of the year, and celebrating the association of particular days with those for whom that day is named. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Following are the successive heads of state of Poland. ... Office President of Poland Term of office from December 23, 2005 until December 22, 2010 Profession Lawyer Political party nonpartisan (Law and Justice at the time of election) Spouse Maria KaczyÅ„ska Date of birth June 18, 1949 Place of birth Warsaw, Poland Date of death Place of death , (born... Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), born Karol Józef WojtyÅ‚a [1] (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005) reigned as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church for almost 27 years, from October 16, 1978 until his death, making his the second-longest pontificate. ... The Boston Pops orchestra performing on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Military Band marching A military band is a group of soldiers assigned to musical duties. ...

The song serves the equivalent function of "Happy Birthday To You" or "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow". Although a secular song, its message is similar to that of the Ukrainian song "Mnohaya lita" (Многая літа, Many Years), a version of a Byzantine liturgical hymn. [4] Happy Birthday to You is sometimes sung when a birthday cake is brought to a party table. ... For Hes A Jolly Good Fellow is a British & American song which is sung to congratulate a person on a significant event, such as a retirement. ... Secularity is the state of being free from religious or spiritual qualities. ... Byzantine Empire (Greek: Βυζαντινή Αυτοκρατορία) is the term conventionally used since the 19th century to describe the Greek-speaking Roman Empire during the Middle Ages, centered at its capital in Constantinople. ... From the Greek word λειτουργια, which can be transliterated as leitourgia, meaning the work of the people, a liturgy comprises a prescribed religious ceremony, according to the traditions of a particular religion; it may be refer to, or include, an elaborate formal ritual (such as the Catholic Mass), a daily...

The song's lyrics are:

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

This translates roughly into English as:

A hundred years, a hundred years,
May he (she) live for us.
A hundred years, a hundred years,
May he live for us.
Once again, once again, may he live, live for us,
May he live for us!

Other verses exist that can be sung, but they are less common.

Use as a phrase

The phrase "Sto lat!" is also often used to wish someone longevity or good fortune, or as a toast, without the song. [5] However, the use of "Sto lat!" in this manner will often lead to the song being sung by those present. Longevity is defined as long life or the length of a persons life (life expectancy). ... This article is about the honor; for other uses, see Toast (disambiguation). ...

See also

The phrase (live for) ten thousand years (Traditional Chinese: 萬歲; Simplified Chinese: 万岁; pinyin: ) in Chinese, banzai (万歳) in Japanese, and manse (만세; 萬世) in Korean was used to bless emperors in East Asia. ...

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Often sung at birthdays and name days in Poland much like the "Happy Birthday" song in the United States, "Sto Lat" is more versatile as it can be also heard at special events and occasions such as anniversaries, patriotic events and award ceremonies.
Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje zyje nam.
Good luck, good cheer, may you live a hundred years.
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