在西方,得知朋友订婚、结婚、生孩子、升职都要写信祝贺。祝贺信如同一般的简短书信,可长可短,格式上无特别的要求,但书写时应做到真诚、自然、亲切动人。内容上可尽情发挥。由于在考研英语小作文中有可能会考到这方面的内容,所以现在给大家提供这些内容以供参考。

1、贺生日 Congratulations on a birthday
Dear Babs: 

So you're a year older today —— or don't you want to be reminded? Anyway, congratulations and best wishes. 

If you feel like holding a celebration, will you let me take you to dinner and the movies, as a sort of birthday treat? You name the day. And in the mealtime, many happy returns! 

Cordially, 

Tom
亲爱的巴博斯:
  今天您又大了[一岁]了,您不喜欢别人这样对你讲吗?但不管怎样,我得向您祝贺,表示美好的祝愿。   
  如果您对庆贺有雅兴的话,我想请您吃饭,或看电影,作为祝贺您生日的款待。请定个日期,同时,祝您幸福愉快!

2.、祝贺朋友大学毕业 Congratulations on graduation
Dear Mr. Li: 

I learned from Wang Ying that you were graduated with high honors from Huabei University yesterday. I can well imagine how proud of you your parents are now, who have been anxiously hoping to witness your brilliant success. As I understand, you will continue studies in the United States soon. I wish you greater success in your studies and research work. 

With best wishes.

Yours sincerely, 

Tom
亲爱的李先生:
  从王英处得悉你以优异的成绩毕业于华北清华大学,我可以想像,你的父母现在是怎样地引以为荣。他们一直殷切地希望你获得辉煌的成就。我听说你不久要到美国去继续深造。预祝你在学习和研究工作上取得更大的成就。

3.、祝贺朋友在运动会上获胜 Congratulations on winning a game
Dear Jerry: 

Mother sent me the clippings about your success at the swimming meet. Naturally, I am not surprised at all, but I thought I'd just say “Congratulations” where are going to find room for another silver cup? Some of our girls may be going up to the Tri-State meet. If the tape unrolls straight, and there I shall expect to see you win again. 

When we're all home for Thanksgiving vacation, we'll have to hold a real celebration. 

Your one-time swimming rival.
亲爱的玛丽:
  妈妈把你在游泳运动会上获胜的剪报寄给了我。当然,我一点也不感到吃惊;但是,我觉得还是应当向你祝贺。你哪里去找到争取另一个银杯的机会呀?
  如果能获得顺利批准,我们当中的一些姑娘可能要去参加三州运动会。在那里,我希望能看到你再次获胜。
  你从前的游泳对手

4.、祝贺新年 A letter extending New Year greetings
Dear Mr. Barton: 

As the New Year is quickly approaching, I take this opportunity to send my greetings and best wishes to you for 2005. 

I hope that the coming year will bring a further increase in exchange of culture between our two countries and we look forward to continued friendly relations with you. 

Yours faithfully, 

Tom
亲爱的巴顿先生:
  值此2005年即将到来之际,我谨向你致以最良好的祝愿和问候。
  我希望,在新的一年里我们两国之间的文化交流有进一步的增加,并希望我们与你们之间的友好关系继续下去。