It’s that time of the year when instead of “Goodbye,” we say, “Merry Christmas!”

And because we live in Calgary, Canada, with an international population, we often hear different languages daily. So I thought it would be fun to learn “Merry Christmas” in different languages.

You can now learn to say (or write) Merry Christmas in 100 most spoken languages by the number of native speakers. (Rankings of languages sourced from International Phonetic Alphabet)

This post turned into a lot of work as it’s not as easy as using google translator. It took me many hours to find all translations. Sometimes I had to look at Christmas ornaments on Amazon to find out how to say Merry Christmas in different Indian dialects, just to give you an example.

Hope you enjoy it!

As we say in our home country Slovakia: Veselé Vianoce!

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Merry Christmas in different languages

  1. Mandarin: Shèngdàn jié kuàilè (圣诞节快乐)

Spoken in: China, Taiwan, Singapore

  1. Spanish: Feliz Navidad

Spoken in: Hispanic America, Spain, United States, Equatorial Guinea, Western Sahara, Pacific islands

  1. English: Merry Christmas

Spoken in: Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines

  1. Hindi: krisamas kee badhaee (क्रिसमस की बधाई)

Spoken in: India, Fiji, Nepal

  1. Arabic: eid milad majid (عِيد مِيلَاد مَجِيد)

Spoken in: North Africa, Western Asia (Middle East), East Africa

  1. Portuguese: Feliz Natal

Spoken in: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Timor-Leste

  1. Bengali: Śubha baṛadina (শুভ বড়দিন)

Spoken in: Bangladesh, West Bengal (India), Tripura (India), Assam (India)

  1. Russian: schastlivogo Rozhdestva (счастливого Рождества)

Spoken in: Russia, former Republics of the Soviet Union, Mongolia, Israel

  1. Japanese: Merīkurisumasu (メリークリスマス)

Spoken in: Japan

  1. Punjabi: Mērī karisamasa (ਮੇਰੀ ਕਰਿਸਮਸ)

Spoken in: Punjab region (India, Pakistan)

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  1. German: Frohe Weihnachten

Spoken in: Austria, Belgium (Eupen-Malmedy), Germany, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, South Tirol (in Italy)

  1. Javanese: sugeng natal

Spoken in: Java (Indonesia)

  1. Wu: sen te jiq (T2) (圣诞节快乐!)

Spoken in: Zhejiang, Shanghai, southern Jiangsu (eastern China)

  1. Malay/Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal/ Selamat Natal

Spoken in: Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore

  1. Korean: meli keuliseumaseu (메리 크리스마스)

Spoken in: North Korea, South Korea

  1. Telugu: Krismas śubhākāṅkṣalu (క్రిస్మస్ శుభాకాంక్షలు)

Spoken in: Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry (India)

  1. Vietnamese: Giáng sinh vui vẻ

Spoken in: Vietnam

  1. French: Joyeux Noël

Spoken in: Belgium (Wallonia, Brussels), Canada (particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Eastern parts of Ontario), France, Switzerland, Francophone Africa, French Caribbean, French Polynesia, various islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans

  1. Marathi: Mērī khrisamasa (मेरी ख्रिसमस)

Spoken in: Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat (India)

  1. Tamil: Kiṟistumas vāḻttukkaḷ (கிறிஸ்துமஸ் வாழ்த்துக்கள்)

Spoken in: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka (India), Puducherry (India), Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius

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  1. Urdu: merī krismas (میری کرسمس)

Spoken in: India, Pakistan

  1. Persian: kerismas mobârak (کریسمس مبارک)

Spoken in: Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan

  1. Turkish: Mutlu Noeller

Spoken in: Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria

  1. Cantonese: sing3 daan3 faai3 lok6 (聖誕快樂)

Spoken in: Guangdong (Canton), southern Guangxi (southern China), Hong Kong, Macau

  1. Italian: Buon Natale

Spoken in: Italy, Switzerland, San Marino

  1. Thai: S̄uk̄hs̄ạnt̒ wạn khris̄t̒mās̄ (สุขสันต์วันคริสต์มาส)

Spoken in: Thailand

  1. Gujarati: Mērī krisamasa (મેરી ક્રિસમસ)

Spoken in: Gujarat (India)

  1. Jin: shèng dàn kuài lè (圣诞快乐)

Spoken in: Shanxi, parts of Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Henan, Shaanxi (northern China)

  1. Min Nan: Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan

Spoken in: Fujian, the eastern part of Guandong (southeastern China), Hainan (southern China), Taiwan, Malaysia

  1. Polish: Wesołych Świąt

Spoken in: Poland, USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Belarus, western Ukraine, Lithuania

  1. Pashto: aisawi newi kall )کرسمس مو مبارک)

Spoken in: Afghanistan, Pakistan

  1. Kannada: Krismas śubhāśayagaḷu (ಕ್ರಿಸ್ಮಸ್ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು)

Spoken in: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (India)

  1. Malayalam: santēāṣakaramāya krismas (സന്തോഷകരമായ ക്രിസ്മസ്)

Spoken in: Kerala, Lakshadweep, Mahé (India)

  1. Sundanese: Wilujeng Natal

Spoken in: Java (Indonesia)

  1. Xiang: Sheng Dan Kuai Le

Spoken in: Hunan (south-central China)

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  1. Hausa: barka da Kirsimeti

Spoken in: Nigeria

  1. Burmese: pyawshwinsaw hkarahchcamaat hpyitparhcay

Spoken in: Burma

  1. Oriya: mērī krisamās (ମେରୀ କ୍ରିସମାସ୍)

Spoken in: Odisha (India)

  1. Hakka: sin dan kwiy loh (圣诞快乐)

Spoken in: Southern China

  1. Ukrainian: shchaslyvoho Rizdva (щасливого Різдва)

Spoken in: Ukraine

  1. Bhojpuri: bada din aa naya saal Mubarak (बड़ा दिन आ नया साल मुबारक हो)

Spoken in: Bihar (India)

  1. Tagalog: Maligayang Pasko

Spoken in: Manila and Northern Philippines

  1. Yoruba: ikini ọdun keresimesi

Spoken in: Nigeria, Benin and Togo

  1. Maithili: krisamas kee badhaee (क्रिसमस की बधाई)

Spoken in: Bihar (India)

  1. Sindhi: Chrismas Joon Wadhayoon

Spoken in: Sindh (Pakistan and neighbouring areas in India)

  1. Swahili: Krismasi njema

Spoken in: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

  1. Uzbek: Rojdestvo muborak

Spoken in: Uzbekistan

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  1. Amharic: melikami gena (መልካም ገና)

Spoken in: Ethiopia

  1. Fula: Jabbama be salla Kirismati

Spoken in: West and Central Africa, from Senegal to Sudan

  1. Igbo: Ezi ekeresimesi

Spoken in: Nigeria

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  1. Oromo: Ayyaana dhalootaa gaarii

Spoken in: Ethiopia and Kenya

  1. Romanian: Craciun Fericit

Spoken in: Romania, Moldova

  1. Azerbaijani: Milad bayramınız mübarək

Spoken in: Azerbaijan and Northern Iran

  1. Awadhi: meri krismas (मेरी क्रिसमस)

Spoken in: Uttar Pradesh (India)

  1. Gan: Shèngdàn Jié kuàilè (诞节快乐)

Spoken in: Jiangxi (Southeastern China)

  1. Cebuano: maayong Pasko

Spoken in: Central and Southern Philippines

  1. Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest

Spoken in: Belgium (Flanders, Brussels), Netherlands and Suriname

  1. Kurdish: Kirîstmas piroz be

Spoken in: Kurdistan, northern Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria

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  1. Serbo-Croatian: Sretan Božić

Spoken in: Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro

  1. Malagasy: tratry ny krismasy

Spoken in: Madagascar

  1. Nepali: Mērī krisamasa (मेरी क्रिसमस)

Spoken in: Nepal and neighbouring areas, Sikkim, (India)

  1. Saraiki: Milaad e Maseeh Mubaarak

Spoken in: Sindh (Pakistan)

  1. Chittagonian: shubho [or shuvo] bôṛodin (শুভ বড়দিন)

Spoken in: Chittagong in Bangladesh

  1. Khmer: rikreay thngai​ bony​ nauel (រីករាយ​ថ្ងៃ​បុណ្យ​ណូអែល)

Spoken in: Cambodia

  1. Sinhalese: suba nattalak (සුබ නත්තලක්)

Spoken in: Sri Lanka

  1. Zhuang: Shèngdàn jié kuàilè (圣诞节快乐)

Spoken in: Guangxi (Southern China)

  1. Assamese: meri khristmas (মেৰী খ্রীষ্টমাচ)

Spoken in: Assam (India)

  1. Madurese: Pada salamet sabhala bengko areja

Spoken in: Madura and Java (Indonesia)

  1. Somali: Christmas wanaagsan

Spoken in: Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Yemen

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  1. Haryanvi: Shub Naya Baras

Spoken in: Haryana (India)

  1. Magahi: /baɽaː d̪ɪn ɔuː nəjaː saːl mʊbaːrək/ (बड़ा दिन आउ नया साल मुबाराक)

Spoken in: Bihar (India)

  1. Marwari: krisamas kee badhaee (क्रिसमस की बधाई)

Spoken in: Rajasthan (India and Pakistan)

  1. Hungarian: boldog Karácsonyt

Spoken in: Hungary and areas in neighbouring countries

  1. Chewa: Khrisimasi yabwino

Spoken in: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  1. Chhattisgarhi: krisamas kee badhaee (क्रिसमस की बधाई)

Spoken in: Chhattisgarh (India)

  1. Greek: kalá Christoúgenna (καλά Χριστούγεννα)

Spoken in: Greece, Cyprus

  1. Akan: Afishapa

Spoken in: Ghana, Ivory Coast

  1. Deccan: Śubh krisamas’ (शुभ क्रिसमस)

Spoken in: Deccan (India)

  1. Kazakh: Rojdestvo quttı bolsın (Рождество құтты болсын)

Spoken in: Kazakhstan

  1. Min Bei: Shèngdàn Jié kuàilè! (圣诞节快乐!)

Spoken in: Fujian (Southeastern China)

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  1. Sylheti: shubó boṛodin

Spoken in: Northern Bangladesh and neighbouring parts of India

  1. Zulu: Jabulela Ukhisimusi

Spoken in: South Africa

  1. Czech: veselé Vánoce

Spoken in: Czech Republic

  1. Kinyarwanda: Noheli nziza

Spoken in: Rwanda

  1. Dhundhari: krisamas kee badhaee (क्रिसमस की बधाई)

Spoken in: Rajasthan (India)

  1. Haitian Creole: Jwaye Nwel

Spoken in: Haiti

  1. Min Dong: Séng-dáng-cáik

Spoken in: Fujian (Southeaster China)

  1. Ilokano: Maligayang Pasko

Spoken in: Northern Luzon in the Philippines

  1. Quechua: Allinlla Raymi

Spoken in: Peru and Bolivia

  1. Kirundi: Noeli Nziza

Spoken in: Burundi and Uganda

  1. Swedish: God Jul

Spoken in: Sweden and Finland

  1. Hmong: Nyob zoo hnub yug Yesxus

Spoken in: Laos and neighbouring areas

  1. Shona: Kisimusi yakanaka

Spoken in: Zimbabwe

  1. Hiligaynon: Malipayon nga Paskwa

Spoken in: Western Visayas in the Philippines

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  1. Uyghur: Rojistıwa bayrımıngızgä mubaräk

Spoken in: Xinjiang (Western China)

  1. Balochi: krisamas kee badhaee

Spoken in: Balochistan (province in Pakistan and Iran)

  1. Belarusian: z Kaliadami (з Калядамі)

Spoken in: Belarus

  1. Mossi: Joyeux Noël

Spoken in: Burkina Faso

  1. Xhosa: Ikrismesi emnandi

Spoken in: South Africa

  1. Konkani: Khushal Borit Natala

Spoken in: Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra (States in India)

Bonus 101. Slovak: Veselé Vianoce

Spoken in: Slovakia (our home country)

Did you enjoy learning to say Merry Christmas in different languages? Have you found your language?

I used Google Translate and many other sources to find all translations, but if you find any mistake, please let me know in the comments below, and I’ll correct it right away.

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About Maya Steiningerova

Heyo, I’m Maya! An adventure athlete currently living near the Canadian Rockies with my partner in crime Michal. I love running in the mountains, jumping in the ice cold lakes, mountain biking and trying not so common activities, such as mountaineering. By showing that an ordinary person can live an extraordinary life, my hope is to inspire you to live an adventurous life and provide you with tips and tools for your own adventure.