Posted by shahzad-bashir on December 16, 2022

How to wish merry Christmas in 50 different languages?

How to wish merry Christmas in 50 different languages?

Christmas is around the corner and is now taken as a cultural festival too. People from different religions also celebrate it with full zeal and enthusiasm. The origin of Christmas comes from the pagan and roman cultures. Romans initially used to celebrate two holidays in the month of December. They used to celebrate on 25th December about their sun god Mithra.

Christmas in the USA

Initially, Christmas was banned in America as people had issues with the beliefs due to its pagan origin and background. They had this approach due to the harsh nature of the celebrations during those times. However other immigrants who arrived from Europe continued with their own customs and traditions of their homelands. It was back in the 1600s when Dutch brought Sinter Klaas to New York. Similarly, German people brought their tree traditions during the 1700s. every community had its own way of celebrating Christmas with mixed traditions and values.

Christmas in the USA was not shaped until 1800. In 1822 the modern idea of Santa Claus as a jolly man came up. It was in 1881 that an artist Thomas Nast was hired to make a sketch of Santa for a Coke a Cola advert. It was after it that an image of Santa who is a cheerful, fat white-bearded man in a red suit became a symbol of Christmas in American culture.

Christmas tree

In ancient times and as part of the solstice celebration people from pagan cultures often decorated their homes with green in advent and used to come and enjoy. The trees which remained green in the coldest and darkest times were considered to hold special powers. Romans also used to decorate their temples with fir trees during Saturnalia and also decorated with little bits of metal. It is also reported that Greeks used to decorate trees to honor their Gods. Interestingly, Greek people hung the first trees from the ceiling upside down, and initially, the trees had this kind of placement in a home during the Christmas season.

However, it is interesting and worth mentioning that the tree tradition which is in practice today hails from Northern Europe where pagan tribes of German origin decorated evergreen trees to worship God with candles and dried fruit. This custom got integrated with the Christian faith in Germany during the 1500s. They further used to decorate these trees in their homes with sweets, toys, and a lot of lights.

Merry Christmas in different languages

USA is a multicultural country and is home to different ethnicities and cultures. A lot of immigrants have moved in there from different regions and continents. English is used as the general language to communicate with global contacts and to exchange pleasantries and greetings. However, greetings others in their native language can make a real difference. Staff who is contributing to the organizational success in another country feel valued and proud when get to notice the efforts made by their employer to make them happy, feel at home, and comfortable. It is always a good idea to greet and exchange greetings in their native language so that they feel more connected. 

Here is how we can greet ‘Merry Christmas’ in 50 different languages. 

  1. Arabic

The speakers of the Arabic language celebrate Christmas with great enthusiasm and its speakers wish merry Christmas asعيد ميلاد مجيد. 

  1. Afrikaans

People who speak the Afrikaans language say ‘Geseënde kersfees’ to greet Happy Christmas. 

  1. Armenian

People of the Armenian language wish Christmas with ‘šnorhavor Surb Cnund’.

  1. Azerbaijani

Merry Christmas is ‘Xoşbəxt milad’ in the Azerbaijani language. 

  1. Aymara

The language Aymara is a unique language and people who celebrate Christmas there speak ‘Sooma nawira-ra’.

  1. Bengali

It is ‘shubho bôṛodin’ in the Bengali language.  

  1. Belarusian

It is ‘Z Kaljadami’ for Merry Christmas in Belarusian.

  1. Bosnian

Speakers of the Bosnian language greet each other by uttering the phrases such as ‘Srecan Bozic, Sretan Bozic’.

  1. Bulgarian

Bulgarian language is spoken in Bulgaria and its surroundings. They greet it as ‘Vesela Koleda’.

  1. Cornish

Merry Christmas is ‘Nadelik Lowen’ in the Cornish language. 

  1. Czech

‘Veselé Vánoce’ are the right words to greet Christmas in the Czech language. You can note these down if you plan to celebrate your next Christmas in the Czech Republic. 

  1. Dari

Are you going to spend Christmas with people who speak Dari? It is ‘Christmas Mubarak’. 

  1. Danish

Danish people celebrate and enjoy the festival of Christmas by saying ‘Glædelig jul, god jul’

  1. Dutch

People from Germany and the surrounding who speak the Dutch language greet each other with the words

‘Prettige Kerstdagen’

  1. English

English is considered the universal business language. It is mostly used for communication and interaction in most regions of the world.

English speakers greet each other with the words ‘Merry Christmas’.

A lot of people and official statements include ‘Happy Christmas’ too. 

  1. Esperanto

In Esperanto language, it is ‘Gojan Kirstnaskon’. 

  1. Estonian

Merry Christmas is ‘Häid joule’ in the Estonian language.

  1. Farsi

People of Faris utter ‘Christmas Mobarak’.  

  1. French

French is another popular language in the western world. French celebrates this festival very fondly.

They greet Christmas as

‘Joyeux Noël’.

  1. German

Merry Christmas is Frohe Weihnachten in the German language.

  1. Greek

It is ‘Kala christougenna’ in Greek to wish Merry Christmas.

  1. Greenlandic

Merry Christmas is ‘Juullimi pilluarit’ in the Greenlandic language. 

  1. Gujarati

Are you learning the Gujarati language? It is ‘Anandi Natal or Khushi Natal’ for the Gujrati people.

  1. Hebrew

Are you visiting relatives who speak the Hebrew language? You may utter ‘Chag Molad Sameach’ to wish them Christmas. 

  1. Hungarian

Speakers of Hungarian speak ‘Boldog karacsonyt’ for Merry Christmas. 

  1. Icelandic

People in Iceland who speak their native language wish for Christmas by saying ‘Gleðileg jól’.

  1. Inuit

It is ‘Quvianagli Anaiyyuniqpaliqsi’ for Happy Christmas. 

  1. Irish

Irish people speak ‘Nollaig Shona’ for Merry Christmas.

  1. Italian

Merry Christmas is ‘Buon Natale’ in the Italian language. 

  1. Japanese

‘Meri Kurisumasu’ is spoken for Christmas greetings in Japan. 

  1. Korean

Korean greet Christmas as ‘Meri krismas’.

  1. Latvian

The speakers of the Latvian language speak ‘Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus’ to say Merry Christmas.

  1. Lithuanian

You may greet Merry Christmas by saying ‘Linksmu Kaledu’ if you plan to visit a friend who speaks Lithuanian this Christmas. 

  1. Mandarin

Mandarin is the world’s most-spoken language and many Chinese speakers also celebrate Christmas and greet in their native language as 聖誕快樂.

  1. Marathi

‘Śubh Nātāḷ’ is the right phrase if you want to greet a friend who speaks Marathi. 

  1. Moksha

The speakers of the Moksha language speak ‘Rostuva Marxta’. 

  1. Norwegian

Christmas is one of the greatest festivals in Norway. Norwegian people greet each other with the words ‘God jul’. 

  1. Portuguese

This language is one of the most spoken languages all over the world. They speak Feliz Natal to share the festivities of Christmas.

  1. Russian

It is important to take note that Russians celebrate the Christmas on 6th of January. They use Счастливого Рождества these words.

  1. Sanskrit

People who speak the Sanskrit language utter ‘Krismasasya shubhkaamnaa’ to wish their fellows Christmas. 

  1. Serbian

Christmas in Serbia is a big deal and event. People enjoy it with full zeal and greet each other as ‘Hristos se rodi’.

  1. Slovak

You may say ‘Vesele Viance’ to wish happy Christmas in Slovak. 

  1. Spanish

The people who speak Spanish are quite fond of celebrating Christmas and use the words ‘Feliz Navidad’ to greet Christmas.

  1. Swahili

If you are planning to celebrate this festival with speakers of the Swahili language. Mark these words ‘Heri ya krismasi, Krismasi njema’.

  1. Swedish

Interestingly, there is not much difference in words to greet Christmas in the Swedish language too and it goes the same way as in Norwegian. It is ‘God jul’.

  1. Tamil

The speakers of the Tamil language speak ‘kiṟistumas vāḻttukkaḷ’ for wishing Christmas.

  1. Thai

It is going to be ‘Suk sarn warn Christmas’ for Thai speakers.

  1. Turkish

‘Mutlu Noeller’ is spoken in the Turkish language when people intend to say Merry Christmas.

  1. Ukrainian

‘Z Rizdvom’ is used to greet Christmas in the Ukrainian language. 

  1. Vietnamese

Merry Christmas is ‘Chuc mung Giang Sinh’ in the Vietnamese language. 

Serial. No.LanguageMerry Christmas
 1.Arabicعيد ميلاد مجيد
 2.AfrikaansGeseënde kersfees
 3.ArmenianSnorhavor Surb Cnund
 4.AzerbaijaniXoşbəxt milad
 5.AymaraSooma nawira-ra
 6.BengaliShubho bôṛodin
 7.BelarusianZ Kaljadami
 8.BosnianSrecan Bozic
 9.BulgarianVesela Koleda
 10.CornishNadelik Lowen
 11.CzechVeselé Vánoce
 12.DariChristmas Mubarak
 13.DanishGlædelig jul, god jul
 14.DutchPrettige Kerstdagen
 15.EnglishMerry/Happy Christmas
 16.EsperantoGojan Kirstnaskon
 17.EstonianHäid joule
 18.FarsiChristmas Mobarak
 19.FrenchJoyeux Noël
 20.GermanFrohe Weihnachten
 21.GreekKala christougenna
 22.GreenlandicJuullimi pilluarit
 23.GujratiAnandi Natal
 24.HebrewChag Molad Sameach
 25.HungarianBoldog karacsonyt
 26.IcelandicGleðileg jól
 27.InuitQuvianagli Anaiyyuniqpaliqsi
 28.IrishNollaig Shona
 29.ItalianBuon Natale
 30.JapaneseMeri Kurisumasu
 31.KoreanMeri krismas
 32.LatvianPriecīgus Ziemassvētkus
 33.LithuanianLinksmu Kaledu
 35.MarathiŚubh Nātāḷ
 36.MokshaRostuva Marxta
 37.NorwegianGod jul
 38.PortugueseFeliz Natal
 39.RussianСчастливого Рождества
 40.SanskritKrismasasya shubhkaamnaa
 41.SerbianHristos se rodi
 42.SlovakVesele Viance
 43.SpanishFeliz Navidad
 44.SwahiliHeri ya krismasi, Krismasi njema
 45.SwedishGod jul
 46.TamilKiṟistumas vāḻttukkaḷ
 47.ThaiSuk sarn warn Christmas
 48.TurkishMutlu Noeller
 49.UkrainianZ Rizdvom
 50.VietnameseChuc mung Giang Sinh


Christmas is a festival that is celebrated all over the world on 25th December with great enthusiasm and full zeal. People from different backgrounds come forward to celebrate the event. Many people celebrate it despite different religious beliefs. Christmas is commonly greeted by saying ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy Christmas’ in different parts of the world where there are English speakers. However, people prefer to wish it in their native language. Phrases to wish Christmas in 50 different languages have been shared above for the readers.

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