No matter where you spend your holiday season, you’ll want to bring joy to everyone you meet. That includes other countries! Whether you know a little bit of Spanish, Chinese, or just plain ole English, these phrases will help you bring Christmas Cheer to everyone you see!
These phrases are especially useful if you’ll be traveling for Christmas, have relatives who speak another language, or have friends visiting from other countries!
Here is how to say “Merry Christmas” in 17 languages around the world:
In Asia, Christianity is not the official religion of many countries, however, you can still expect countries like China, Japan, South Korea, and India to have Christmas celebrations.
Chinese-- “圣诞节快乐” or “Shèngdàn jié kuàilè!”
Japanese-- “メリークリスマス” or “Merīkurisumasu!”
Korean-- “메리 크리스마스” or “Meli keuliseumaseu!”
Hindi-- “क्रिसमस की बधाई” or “Krisamas kee badhaee!”
Europe is where many of the most prevalent Christmas traditions started, like the Yule Log. Most of the countries in Europe celebrate Christmas as a national holiday: Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Bosnia are just a few of the countries that celebrate this holiday!
Russian-- “счастливого Рождества” or “Schastlivogo Rozhdestva!”
German-- “Fröhliche Weihnachten”
Dutch-- “Gelukk Kerstfeest!”
Gaelic-- “Nollaig Chridheil!”
Bosnian-- “Sretan božić!”
North and South America bring Christmas to the forefront of culture during the month of December. From Black Friday shopping in America to the Christmas Eve fireworks in Argentina, both of these continents love to celebrate Santa! The majority of these countries speak three languages, aside from English: Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
Spanish-- “¡Feliz Navidad!”
Portuguese-- “Feliz Natal!”
French-- “Joyeux Nöel!”
When you think of Christmas, you may think of snow and the cold, which means you certainly don’t think of Africa. However, Christmas is an incredibly popular holiday among Christian communities in Africa. Just like in the United States, these communities celebrate Christmas with caroling and large Christmas dinners with family. The main official languages of the African continent are Swahili, Arabic, Somali, and Yoruba.
Swahili-- “Krismasi njema!”
Arabic-- “عيد ميلاد سعيد” or “Eid milad saeid!”
Somali-- “Hambalyo kirismas!”
Yoruba-- “Ikini ọdun keresimesi!”
No matter where you live or if you have a White Christmas, you deserve to feel the Christmas spirit, and so do other people. So, next time you’re spending Christmas with someone from another country, use this guide to bring some cheer to their day!