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How to Say Merry Christmas in 26 Different Languages [Video]

Posted by Catriona McGale on 15/12/2016
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With only 10 days to go until Christmas Day the festive season is well and truly upon us and we have reached the stage now where we are ending our phone calls, gatherings and business meetings with a chirpy Merry Christmas wish.

The Merry Christmas greeting is believed to have been around since the 16th Century and has gained popularity in our everyday lingo through usage in the classic carol We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Charles Dickens’ beloved novel A Christmas Carol.

The greeting has gained global notoriety but of course each country has their own native translation of the phrase, with even traditionally non-Christian countries having a variation of the greeting to send their well-wishes during the Christmas season.

The folk over at Ampersand Travel have reached out to people around the world to find out how to say Merry Christmas across the globe, in their video compiling Christmas wishes in 26 different languages – from Gaelic to Greek to German.

Some of the translations such as the Spanish ‘Feliz Navidad’ or French ‘Joyeux Noël’

we may already know from television and music but we also learned a whole host of new translations for Merry Christmas – from the Albanian ‘Gëzuar Krishtlindjet’ to the Afrikaans
‘Geseënde Kersfees’ – we are now equipped to give a much greater variety of global Christmas greetings to our friends around the world, and when travelling on a Christmas break.

The video has also provided an insight into Christmas greetings in largely non-Christian countries such as India, Pakistan and Japan. While Christmas is not a major celebration in these countries and the Merry Christmas greeting wouldn’t be too commonly used, there are Hindi (krisamas kee badhaee), Urdu (bara din mubarak ho) and Japanese (Merīkurisumasu) translations of the greeting to share festive wishes during the Christmas season.

Have a look at the Ampersand Travel video below and get into the Christmas spirit.