71 ways to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages

Christmas

Around the world, Christmas has become a popular holiday whether it is celebrated for religious or commercialised reasons. If you don’t celebrate it personally, there is a high chance that you will wish someone else “Merry Christmas”. It could be a friend, colleague, student, or even a stranger. That’s why we decided to put this list together to help you wish others more easily! It is important to note that some countries may believe in different religions so they may have a different type of festive greeting which their equivalent. Here are 71 ways to wish a happy Christmas:

1. Akan (Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin) –  Afishapa

2. Amharic (Ethiopia) – Melikam Gena! (መልካም ገና!)

3. Arabic – عيد ميلاد مجيد

4. Aramaic – Eedookh Breekha

5. Armenian – Shnorhavor Amanor yev Surb Tznund (Շնորհավոր Ամանոր և Սուրբ Ծնունդ)

6. Ashanti/Asante/Asante Twi (Ghana) – afehyia pa

7. Belarusian – З Калядамі

8. Bengali – শুভ বড়দিন

9. Bulgarian – Весела Коледа и Честита Нова Година!

10. Cambodia (Khmer) – Rik-reay Bon Noel (រីករាយ បុណ្យ ណូអែល)

11. Chewa (Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe) – Moni Wa Chikondwelero Cha Kristmasi

12. Chinese (Simplified) – 圣诞快乐

13. Chinese (Traditional) – 聖誕快樂

14. Cornish – Nadelik Lowen

15. Croatian – Čestit Božić

16. Czech – Veselé Vánoce

17. Dagbani (Ghana) – Ni ti Burunya Chou

18. Danish – Glædelig Jul

19. Dutch – Prettige Kerstdagen

20. Edo (Nigeria) – Iselogbe

21. English – Merry Christmas

22. Estonian – Häid jõule

23. Faroe Islands (Faroese) – Gleðilig jól

24. Finnish – Hauskaa joulua

25. French – Joyeux Noël

26. Fula/Fulani (Niger, Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, Togo, Guinea, Sierra Leone) – Jabbama be salla Kirismati

27. German – Frohe Weihnachten

28. Greek – Χαρούμενα Χριστούγεννα

29. Greenlandic – Juullimi Pilluarit

30. Hausa (Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo) -Barka dà Kirsìmatì

31. Hungarian – Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket és boldog új évet!

32. Ibibio (Nigeria) – Idara ukapade isua

33. Igbo/Igo (Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea) – E keresimesi Oma

34. Israel (Hebrew) – Chag Molad Sameach (חג מולד שמח)

35. Italian – Buon Natale

36. Japanese – メリークリスマス

37. Kazahk – Rojdestvo quttı bolsın (Рождество құтты болсын)

38. Kinyarwanda (Rwanda, Uganda, DR Congo) – Noheli nziza

39. Korean – 메리 크리스마스

40. Latin – Felicem Diem Nativitatis

41. Latvian – Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus

42. Lingala (DR Congo, Rep Congo, Central African Republic, Angola) – Mbotama Malamu

43. Lithuanian – Linksmų šv. Kalėdų

44. Maasai/Maa/Kimaasai (Kenya, Tanzania) – Enchipai e Kirismas

45. Luganda (Uganda) – Seku Kulu

46. Macedonian – Среќен Божиќ

47. Madagascar (Malagasy) – Tratra ny Noely

48. Maltese – Il-Milied it-Tajjeb

49. Ndebele (Zimbabwe, South Africa) – Izilokotho Ezihle Zamaholdeni

50. Norwegian – God jul

51. Polish – Wesołych Świąt!

52. Portuguese – Feliz Natal

53. Romanian – Crăciun fericit

54. Russian – Счастливого Рождества!

55. Serbian – Srećan Božić

56. Shona (Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana) – Muve neKisimusi

57. Soga/Lasoga (Uganda) – Mwisuka Sekukulu

58. Somali – Kirismas Wanaagsan

59. Sotho (Lesotho, South Africa) – Le be le keresemese e monate

60. Spanish – Feliz Navidad

61. Swahili – Heri ya krismas

62. Swedish – God jul

63. Tamil –  இனிய கிரிஸ்துமஸ் மற்றும் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்

64. Thai –  สวัสดีปีใหม่และขอส่งความสุขต้อนรับปี พ.ศ.

65. Tigrinya (Ethiopia and Eritreia) – Ruhus Beal Lidet

66. Turkish – Yeni Yılınız Kutlu Olsun

67. Urdu –      یوم کرسمس مبارک اور سال نو مبارک

68. Ukrainian – Веселого Різдва

69. Vietnamese – Chúc Giáng Sinh An Lành. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới 2021!

70. Xhosa/isiXhosa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho) – Krismesi emnandi

71. Yoruba (Nigeria, Benin) – E ku odun, e ku iye’dun

And that’s the end of the list! Hope you learnt about some new languages and found a way to greet your friends and colleagues. Maybe teach them a new phrase or two. We wish you a merry Christmas from Language Direct!

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