Have you ever wondered how people say cheers in different parts of India? While people love the idea of drinking and dancing, an important part of the celebration is the use of the word ‘cheers’ before drinking. It may signify wishing well to the other person with whom you clink glasses, or it may simply be the verbal expression used just as a matter-of-fact tradition. After all, saying ‘cheers’ is universally accepted by everyone, everywhere. A lot of people say that Indians do not really use any other words except for ‘cheers’. But there are a lot of examples where this is proven not to be the case. In fact, a lot of Indians prefer to say everything other than cheers. On very special occasions, there are words other than ‘cheers’ which are used because they mean a lot more. Sometimes, ‘cheers’ is considered too western a concept, and that is why people would rather say out loud what they feel desi-style. Here we list 3 of these phrases —  

1. Aan Do! 

‘Aan do’ is a new school way of saying cheers, without saying cheers. So perhaps you’re out with friends, celebrating a moment of solace by drinking, then the way to mark good times is to say ‘aan do’, as in let the good times roll, or bring it on. 

2.  Badhai Ho 

Badhai ho’ is more popular among adults, and it is the one most popularly used. Although it is used on many, many occasions where drinking isn't involved, there are times when it comes into use, for lack of a better word. Whether it be celebrating cultural traditions or congratulating someone for personal achievements, during a toast, 'badhai ho' is the best way of saying cheers. Then the guests who have gathered take a sip of their drinks. 

3.  Salaamat  

'Salaamat' is an Urdu word for peace and blessings. 'Salaamat' may also have other interpretations such as hello, hope you’re well. But it may also be used during drinking to wish good health.  

Do you use any of these words instead of cheers in India?