oranges, apples, pears, plums, bananas, pomegranates
A generic term in English for the words above would be "fruit"
"Where are you from?", "What are you?", "How is he?", "What time is movie?"
A generic term in English for the phrases above would be "questions"
"Happy New Year", "Happy Mother's Day", "Merry X-mas", "Happy Birthday"
But what would be a generic term in English for the phrases above?
I was inclined to use the term "congratulations", but I learned the other day that in English, unlike in many other languages, the word "congratulations" is not used in any of those occasions ("Congratulations on your birthday", "Congratulations on X-mas", etc.); instead, it is used for some personal achievements ("Congratulations on being elected a president", "Congratulations on your new promotion", "Congratulations on your new book", etc.)
So, if not "congratulations", then what term should I use?