Spreading Holiday Cheer Worldwide: How to Say "Merry Christmas" in Different Languages Across Continents

The holiday season is a time of shared joy and celebration around the world. Amidst the festive decorations, twinkling lights, and the aroma of delicious treats, one beautiful tradition unites us all: the exchange of warm wishes. “Merry Christmas” is a phrase that encapsulates the spirit of this season, and it’s fascinating to discover how this sentiment is expressed across various languages and continents. Let’s take a delightful linguistic journey together.

Albanian: Gëzuar Krishtlindja

Aragonese: Feliz nadal

Armenian: շնորհավոր Սուրբ Ծնունդ (šnorhavor Surb Cnund)

Asturian: Feliz navidá

Azerbaijani: Xoşbəxt milad

Basque: Eguberri on

Belarusian: з Калядаамі (z Kaljadámi), з Нараджэннем (z Naradžénnjem), з Нараджэннем Хрыстовым (z Naradžénnjem Xrystóvym)

Bosnian: Srećan Božić, Sretan Božić

Breton: Nedeleg laouen

Bulgarian: Весела Коледа (Vesela Koleda)

Catalan: Bon Nadal

Cornish: Nadelik Lowen

Corsican: Bon Natale è pace è salute

Croatian: Sretan Božić

Czech: Veselé Vánoce

Danish: glædelig jul, god jul

Dutch: Vrolijk kerstfeest, prettig kerstfeest

English: Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas

Esperanto: Ĝojan Kristnaskon

Estonian: Häid jõule

Faroese: Gleðilig jól

Finnish: Hyvää joulua, Hauskaa joulua

French: Joyeux Noël

Frisian (West): Noflike krystdagen

Galician: Bo Nadal

Georgian: შობას გილოცავთ (šobas gilocavt)

German: Frohe Weihnachten, Fröhliche Weihnachten

Greek: Καλά Χριστούγεννα (kalá Christoúgenna)

Greenlandic: Juullimi pilluarit, Juullisiorluarit

Hungarian: Boldog karácsonyt

Icelandic: Gleðileg jól

Irish: Nollaig Shona

Italian: Buon Natale

Latin: Felix dies Nativitatis, Natale Hilare

Latvian: Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus

Lithuanian: Linksmų Kalėdų

Luxembourgish: Schéine Chrëschtdag

Macedonian: Среќен Божиќ (Sreḱen Božiḱ), Христос се роди (Hristos se rodi), Навистина се роди (Navistina se rodi) (reply to “Hristos se rodi”)

Maltese: il-Milied it-Tajjeb

Moksha: Роштува мархта (Roštuva marxta)

Norman: Un bouan Noué (Jersey)

Norwegian: god jul

Occitan: Bon Nadal

Polish: Wesołych Świąt, Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia

Portuguese: Feliz Natal

Romanian: Crăciun fericit

Russian: с Рождеством (s Roždestvóm), с Рождеством Христовым (s Roždestvóm Xristóvym), Весёлого Рождестваа (Vesjólovo Roždestvá), Счастливого Рождестваа (Sčastlívovo Roždestvá)

Sami (Lule): Buorre javla

Sami (Northern): Buorit juovllat

Sami (Southern): Buerie jåvle

Sardinian: Bona Pasca de Nadale

Scottish Gaelic: Nollaig Chridheil

Serbian: Срећан Божић (Srećan Božić), Сретан Божић (Sretan Božić), Христос се роди (Hristos se rodi), Ваистину се роди Vaistinu se rodi (reply to “Hristos se rodi”)

Silesian: Radosnych Godōw

Slovak: Veselé Vianoce

Slovene: Vesel božič

Sorbian (Lower): Wjasołe gódy

Sorbian (Upper): Wjesołe hody

Spanish: feliz Navidad

Swedish: God jul

Turkish: Mutlu Noeller

Ukrainian: з Різдвом (z Rizdvóm), з Різдвом Христовим (z Rizdvóm Xrystóvym)

Welsh: Nadolig Llawen

Yiddish: אַ פֿריילעכן ניטל‎ (a freylekhn nitl)


Arabic: عِيد مِيلَاد مَجِيد‎ (ʿīd mīlād majīd), مِيلَاد مَجِيد‎ (mīlād majīd)

Armenian: շնորհավոր Սուրբ Ծնունդ (šnorhavor Surb Cnund)

Azerbaijani: xoşbəxt milad

Burmese: Hnit thit ku mingalar pa

Cebuano: Malipayong pasko

Chinese (Mandarin): 聖誕快樂, 圣诞快乐 (Shèngdàn kuàilè), 聖誕節快樂, 圣诞节快乐(Shèngdànjié kuàilè)

Georgian: შობას გილოცავთ (šobas gilocavt)

Hebrew: חג מולד שמח‎ (khag molad sameakh)

Hindi: शुभ बड़ा दिन (śubh baṛā din), शुभ क्रिस्मस (śubh krismas), मेरी क्रिसमस (merī krismas), क्रिसमस मुबारक (krismas mubārak)

Indonesian: selamat hari Natal, selamat Natal

Japanese: メリークリスマス (Meri Kurisumasu)

Javanese: Sugeng Natal

Jingpho: Ngwi pyaw ai X’mas rai u ga

Karo Batak: Selamat wari Natal

Kazakh: рождество құтты болсын (rojdestvo quttı bolsın)

Khmer: រីករាយថ្ងៃបុណ្យណូអែល (riikriəythngaybonyɔɔnouʾael), បុណ្យ​ណូអែល (bon-nouʾael)

Korean: 즐거운 성탄절 (jeulgeoun seongtanjeol), 메리 크리스마스 (meri keuriseumaseu)

Kyrgyz: Жаратканнын туысымен (Caratkannın tuısımen)

Lao: ສຸກສັນວັນຄຣິດສມາດ (suk san wan kha rit sa māt)

Malay: Selamat hari Natal, selamat Natal

Mongolian: Зул сарын мэнд хүргэе (Zul saryn mend hürgeje)

Persian: میلاد مسیح مبارک باد‎ (milâd-e masih mobârak bâd), کریسمس مبارک‎ (kerismas mobârak)

Sinhalese: සුභ නත්තලක් (subha nattalak)

Sundanese: Wilujeng Natal

Tagalog: Maligayang pasko

Tajik: Мавлуди Исо муборак (mavludi Iso muborak)

Tamil: கிறிஸ்துமஸ் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் (kiṟistumas nalvāḻttukkaḷ)

Telugu: మెర్రీ క్రిస్మస్ (merrī krismas)

Thai: สุขสันต์วันคริสต์มาส (sùk-sǎn wan krís-mâas)

Turkish: Mutlu Noeller

Urdu: کرسمس مبارک‎ (krismas mubārak), میری کرسمس‎ (merī krismas), شبھ کرسمس‎ (shubh krismas), شبھ بڑا دن‎ (shubh baṛā din)

Uzbek: Rojdestvo muborak

Vietnamese: Chúc mừng Giáng sinh, Chúc mừng Nô-en, Chức mừng Giáng sinh, Chức mừng Nô-en


Afrikaans: Geseënde kersfees

Akan: Afishapa

Amharic: መልካም ገና (mälkam gäna)

Arabic: عِيد مِيلَاد مَجِيد‎ (ʿīd mīlād majīd), مِيلَاد مَجِيد‎ (mīlād majīd)

Chichewa: khrisimasi yabwino

English: Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas

Ewe: Blunya na wo

French: Joyeux Noël

Portuguese: Feliz Natal

Swahili: Heri ya Krismasi, Krismasi njema

Zulu: uKhisimusi oMuhle


Alutiiq: Nunaniqsaakici Aʀusistuami

Aymara: Sooma nawira-ra

Cherokee: Ulihelisdi Unadetiyisgv’i (uwotlvdi danisdayohihv)

English: Merry Christmas

Haitian Creole: Jwaye Nowèl

Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka

Lushootseed: Haʔɬ pədx̌aʔx̌aʔ

Navajo: Yáʼátʼééh Késhmish, Nizhónígo Késhmish Adííłeeł

Papiamentu: Bon Pascu

Portuguese: Feliz Natal

Spanish: Feliz Navidad

Yup’ik: Alussistuaqegtaarmek piamken, Alussistuaqegcikici (plural subject, plural object)


English: Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas

Samoan: Manuia le Kerisimasi

In this wonderful tapestry of cultures and languages, the sentiment behind “Merry Christmas” transcends borders and languages, fostering unity and joy. As we embrace the festive season, let’s celebrate the richness of global diversity and share the spirit of love, peace, and goodwill with everyone around us.

Polly Amora

Polly Amora is the señorita behind GoldenIslandSenorita.Net. A corporate warrior by day, and a perpetual explorer by heart. She is a lifelong learner who is very outgoing, speaks four languages, loud & outspoken, and loves to have adventures in the mountains, on the beach, and in the city. You can throw her anywhere, and she'll handle it like a pro. Ice cream and bourbon are two of her weaknesses.

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