Merry Christmas in Different Languages

I have posted on how to say I love you in 100 languages before, this time lets learn how to say Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas in different languages.

Albanian Gëzuar Krishtlindjen
Arabic Eid Milad Majeed
Which means ‘Glorious Birth Feast’
Armenian Shnorhavor Soorb Tsnund
Which means ‘Congratulations for the Holy Birth’
Belgium – FlemishWalloon Vrolijk Kerstfeestdjoyeus Noyé
Bulgarian ‘vesela ‘koleda
ChineseMandarinCantonese Sheng Dan Kuai Le or 圣诞快乐Seng Dan Fai Lok or 聖誕快樂
(and Bosnian)
Sretan Božić
Czech Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce
Danish Glædelig Jul
The Democratic Republic of Congo -Lingala Mbotama Malamu
Estonian Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi
Finnish Hyvää Joulua
FrenchCorsican Joyeux NoëlBon Natale
German Frohe Weihnachten
Ghana – DagbaniAkan Ni ti Burunya ChouAfishapa
Greek Kala Christougenna
or Καλά Χριστούγεννα
GreenlandicDanish (also used in Greenland) Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu PilluaritGlædelig Jul
Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka
Holland (Dutch) Prettige Kerstfeest or Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Hungarian Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket
Icelandic Gleðileg jól
India – Hindi and UrduSanskritBengaliTamilKonkani


Bade Din ki MubarakKrismasasya shubhkaamnaaBarodiner shubhechha janaiChristhu Jayanthi NalvaalthukalKhushal Borit Natala

Krismas chibai

Indonesian Selamat Natal
Iran (Farsi) Christmas MobArak
Irish – Gaelic Nollaig Shona Dhuit
ItalianSicilian Buon NataleBon Natali
Japanese Meri Kurisumasu (or ‘Meri Kuri’ for short!)Hiragana: めりーくりすますKatakana: メリークリスマス
Korean Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latvian Priecïgus Ziemassvºtkus
Lithuanian Linksmos Kaledos
Macedonian Streken Bozhik or
Cpeќeн Бoжик
Madagascar (Malagasy) Tratra ny Noely
Maltese Il-Milied it-Tajjeb
Malaysia– Bahasa/MalayMalayalam Selamat Hari NatalPuthuvalsara Aashamsakal
Nepali Kreesmasko shubhkaamnaa
New Zealand (Maori) Meri Kirihimete
Nigeria – HausaYorubaFulaniIgbo (Ibo)Edo barka dà KirsìmatìE ku odun, e ku iye’dunJabbama be salla KirismatiE keresimesi OmaIselogbe
Norwegian God Jul or
Glædelig Jul
Philippines (Tagalog) Maligayang Pasko
Polish Wesołych Świąt
Portuguese Feliz Natal or
Boas Festas
Romanian Crặciun Fericit
Russian ‘S Rozhdestvom khristovym
Rwanda (Kinyarwanda) Noheli nziza
Samoan Manuia Le Kerisimasi
Scotland – ScotsGaelic Blithe YuleNollaig Chridheil
Serbian Srećan Božić or
Cpeћah Бoжић
Slovakian Vesele Vianoce
Slovene or Slovenian Vesel Božič
Somali Kirismas Wacan
South Africa (Afrikaans) Geseënde Kersfees
SpanishCatalanGalicianBasque Feliz NavidadBon NadalBo NadalEguberri on (which means ‘Happy New Day’)
Swedish God Jul
Thai Suk sarn warn Christmas
Turkish Mutlu Noeller
Uganda (Lugandan) Seku Kulu
Ukranian Veseloho Vam Rizdva or Веселого Різдва
Vietnamese Chuć Mưǹg Giańg Sinh
Welsh Nadolig Llawen
Zimbabwe – ShonaNdebele Muve neKisimusiIzilokotho Ezihle Zamaholdeni





  1. Merry Christmas in Different Languages

  2. Hi Jane,

    Bakit kaya may merry christmas din na greeting sa mga bansang hindi naman nagce-celebrate ng christams?? hehe, wala lang, naisip ko lang.. 🙂
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  3. Thanks for sharing these Christmas greetings! With the coming holidays, no one wants to miss greeting their friends from different countries. Thanks for the list! Merry Christmas!

  4. I have a few friends in India in Mumbai and they speak a language called Marathi, wanted to know if you can help me out to wish them. I wished them in Hindi for Christmas, they were very happy and appreciated my effort, but said they spoke Marathi there and not Hindi. I want to wish them in Marathi for New Years and was hoping to get some help. Hoping you spare some time to help me. Thanks.

  5. Since you have decided to do different languages and how people respond in it, I understand that it takes you a long time to get it all together. I am not belittling your efforts, they are verey commendable, but I would like if you more regularily posted. Maybe rather than giving such an elaborate list you could cut down on a little of it. Happy New Years 2012 to you, hope to see more posts in the New Year.

  6. I myself maintain an online journal and when I came across your blog was expecting something similar, but was must say, a tad disappointed. First you do not post regularly, a diary is a daily entry so it is not true to the spirit nor the meaning of diary. Also, there is nothing personal in what you post, it is more just a copy paste from some other place. the thought behind it though seems nice, but the entire spirit of what a journal is has been totally violated. Hope that 2012, a new year sees you following the pattern that your blog is based on. Best always.
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  7. Now that Christmas has passed and the 12 days of Christmas have also past, I would like to firstly see a post here. If you succeed in that then please post some useful cultural exchange here. I have married a Spaniard and am American. We may live here in America mostly, but when we go to Spain for our holidays I feel totally out of place. I am totally unable to understand what they are saying, I will be enrolling in a class soon, but have to go there urgently as my wife’s mother is unwell. So I am still at sea about Spanish. Please post about some useful words to know so that you do not look silly when you are in a foreign country or with foreigners. Something like a know-how or basic language guide-book would help.

  8. Christmas is celebrated all over the world and to come up with greetings in soo many different languages makes it easier to convey the message. Hope it turns out to be different and unique to the people I am going to wish this year.

  9. It is a good way to wish our closed one’s with some creative ideas. Giving happiness to people is a tough job. Your post has given me a chance to do this job in a much easier way! Thanks! I have lot of friends who speak different languages. For them it would be surprising if I would have wished them in their local language. Missed the chance this time! But next time will surely try doing such creative things.

  10. Jane, I like the concept of your blog, it has so much potential. Sadly you are not updating it, which is very sad to see. I feel you are wasting a great place where one can help people communicate and learn about other countries and cultures in the process. Please start writing again. Cheers.

  11. Jane I am totally blown over by your talent and flair for the language. I must confess that it is awesome to see someone with the pool of talent that you have. It is very handy and you should keep posting. I am at a loss after being unable to read anymore posts here on your page after the December one. Please start posting again.

  12. This is the most interesting thing I always wanted to know that how to say “Merry Christmas’ in different languages? My work is to do chatting with clients in different countries and by wishing them in their language is very helpful for business in some way and is quite cool. I heard lot about Italian language but never got a chance to know anything about it but now I can say ‘Buon NataleBon Natali’ to some of our Italian clients or my friends. I will keep looking for more information.

  13. How long did this take you to put together?? good share though.
    I’m going to check out the “I love you” post. it is my one year anniversary this month 🙂

  14. Just wanted to let you know I really liked this post and I’ll be pinning this on my pinterest!
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  15. Hi, I’ve used quite a few of these christmas greetings – I know a lot of people from different cultures, as I’m sure most of us do. It’s a big multi-cultural world we live in now.
    I would however like to draw your attention to the German expression for ” Happy christmas ” it’s ” Frohe Weihnachten “,
    not ” Frohe Weihnacht ” as stated. In German it’s a plural greeting for the days of the christmas festive season, not just for christmas day. Thanks and I hope that helps.
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    1. Thank you for that Kieran. I really appreciate it. I’ll update my post then. 🙂

  16. This is a great guide for Marry Christmas especially when you are living in a foreign country.

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