It’s almost that time of the year again! The time has come to take out your Christmas sweaters (or jumpers as they say in the United Kingdom), leave your socks hanging from the fireplace and get fully into the festive mode by singing Christmas carols throughout the day. In order to prepare for the holiday season of the year, and be ready to celebrate with your friends and family around the world, why not learn to say Merry Christmas in several languages?
But before we go into the different ways of sending the compliments of the season in other languages, we want to talk a little bit about Christmas in English.
In English, there are a number of common Christmas greetings widely used in these festivities. “Merry Christmas” is the most basic and standard greeting of this language, but you have other alternatives if you do not want to always repeat the same, or if you want to go beyond the basics:
Season’s Greetings (very common in Christmas greeting cards)
Around New Year, the most common greeting is “Happy New Year” (which is the second most popular expression of the season) but you can also use:
Wishing you a prosperous New Year
All the best for the coming year
It should be noted that, although the traditional thing to say at Christmas was “Merry Christmas”, a few years ago this began to change. Out of respect for those who do not share a Christian religion, it is increasingly popular to wish someone ‘Happy Holidays’. With “Happy Holidays” there is no room for someone to feel offended, whether they celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanza (the latter is a secular feast of African-American culture held between December 26 and January 1 and almost only celebrated by African Americans).
To send greetings in a more elaborate way, or use the English Christmas wishes (for example if you want to write a card), you can use any of these expressions:
- I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, being the most classical expression.
- A merry Christmas for everybody, a Happy New Year for all the world!
- May your Christmas be wrapped in happiness and tied with love.
- My sincere wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.
- May your presents be many and your troubles be few.
- May the blessings of Christmas be yours and happiness fill each day of the New Year.
- Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a Very Happy New Year.
- May all your days be happy and bright and may all your Christmases be white.
- Merry Christmas, and may this New Year bring you joy and laughter. To be happy is the greatest wish in life.
Now that you know a little about the Christmas vocabulary and expressions of English, we will give you a list on how to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in many different languages
- Afrikaans: Geseende Kerfees en ‘n gelukkige nuwe jaar
- Albanian: Gëzuar Krishlindjet Vitin e Ri!
- Alsatian: E gueti Wïnâchte & E glecklichs Nej Johr! (Regions of France)
- Apache: Gozhqq Keshmish
- Arabic: Eid milad saeid wasanat jadida
- Aragonese: Feliz Nadal e Buena Añada
- Aranese: Bon Ndau!
- Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
- Asturian or bable: Felices navidaes y prosperu añu nuevu!
- Azerbaijani or Azerbaijani: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
- Bengali: Shuvo Baro Din – Shuvo Nabo Barsho
- Belarusian: Winshuyu sa Svyatkami i z Novym godam!
- Bohemian / Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce to stastny Novy Rok
- Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloav ezh mat
- Bulgarian: Vasel Koleda; Tchestita Nova Godina!
- Catalan: Bon Nadal i feliç Any Nou!
- Cantonese: Seng Dan Fai Lok, Sang Nian Fai Lok
- Spanish: Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo
- Cherokee: Danistayohihv & Aliheli’sdi Itse Udetiyvsadisv
- Cheyenne: Hoesenestotse & Aa’e Emona’e
- Corsican: Bon Natale and Bon capu d ”annu
- Croatian: Sretan Bozic
- Danish: Glædelig Jul og godt nytår
- Egyptian: Colo sana wintom tiebeen
- Slovak: Vesele Vianoce a stastny novy rok
- Slovenian: Vesele bozicne praznike in srecno novo leto
- Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi Head uut aastat
- Finnish: Hyvää Joulua or Hauskaa Joulua
- French: Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!
- Galician: Bon Nadal e feliz Ani Novo
- Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil
- German: Froehliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr!
- Georgian: Gilotsavt Krist’es Shobas & Gilosavt akhal ts’els
- Greek: Kala Christougenna Kieftihismenos O Kenourios Chronos
- Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka & Hauoli Makahiki Hou
- Hebrew: Mo’adim Lesimkha. Shanah tova
- Hindi: Shubh Naya Baras
- Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest in een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
- Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyiunnepeket & Boldog Új Évet
- Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal & Selamat Tahun Baru
- Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
- Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit
- Icelandic: Gleðileg Jól og Farsaelt Komandi ár!
- Italian: Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
- Japanese: Shinnen Omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
- Kurdish: Seva piroz sahibe u sersala te piroz be
- Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu go laimingu Nauju metu
- Luxembourgish: Schéi Krëschtdeeg an e Schéint Néi Joer
- Macedonian: Streken Bozhik
- Maltese: Nixtieklek Milied tajjeb u is-sena t-tabja!
- Mandarin: Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
- Mongolian: Zul saryn bolon shine ony mend devshuulye
- Nepali: krist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva & Naya Barsa Ko harkik Shuvakamana
- Norwegian / Nynorsk: Eg ynskjer hermed Dykk alle einGod Jul og Godt Nyttår
- Polish: Wesolych Swiat i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku.
- Portuguese: Boas Festas e um feliz Ano Novo
- Romani: Bachtalo krecunu Thaj Bachtalo Nevo Bers
- Romanian: Craciun fericit if an An Nou fericit!
- Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
- Serbian: Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina
- Sicilian: Bon Natali and Prosperu Annu Novu!
- Sudanese: Wilujeng Natal Sareng Warsa Enggal
- Swedish: God Jul och Gott Nytt År
- Thai, Thai or Siamese: Suksan Wan Christmas lae Sawadee Pee Mai
- Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
- Ukrainian: Veseloho Vam Rizdva and Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku!
- Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh – Chuc Mung Tan Nien