New Year card

A card with the inscriptions P. F. (standing for the French words "pour féliciter") is used as a New Year card expressing good wishes for the coming year or in social correspondence extending congratulations.[1]

Jewish New Year card
New year card from 1922, showing some Bozen-Bolzano's sites


The PF cards are generally used only in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.[2]


Following the tradition established by the New Year cards of Charles Chotek of Chotkow, the highest Burgrave of Bohemia (function roughly similar to a prime minister) between 1826 and 1843, Czechs and Slovaks continue to use the old French inscription pour féliciter, or "P.F.", together with the number of an upcoming year, standing for "wishing you all the happiness in the new year". The author of many Chotek's New Year Cards was Prague painter and engraver Josef Bergler.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Glossary of Diplomatic Terms". Retrieved 23 February 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Haas, Elizabeth (30 November 2017). "What Does PF Stand For and Why Do Czechs Use It?". Retrieved 23 February 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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