How "Merry Christmas" is Said Around the World


If you click on the map above it can be made bigger so it is easier to see. You can click and drag to see a different area and zoom in and out. If you click on an icon you will be given the country name and how they say “Merry Christmas.” The color of the icon generally shows countries that say Merry Christmas the same. That is true except for the square turquoise icon that shows countries with their own saying.

Hi Kids. Aloysius has let me show you another map he has been working on for Santa’s big trip. As you know, Santa visits kids all around the world and who speak many languages. So Santa can celebrate with all of the kids he has learned how “Merry Christmas” is said in different languages.

The map and table also come in handy when Santa is undercover. Sometimes, Santa likes to walk around a town dressed in a different suit than his typical red suit. There is a rumor Santa even likes to wear shorts if it is warm. He likes to see what people are up to and how they celebrate Christmas. Knowing a bit of the local language helps Santa walk around without being noticed.

Are any of you traveling to another area for Christmas or do any of your friends say something different than you? If so, maybe this map and table will help you too. Keep spreading Christmas Cheer!

I hope I didn’t make many mistakes or forget anywhere. How many different ways can you remember? You can also see how language is shared between people of both different and similar cultures.

Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cayman Islands, Christmas Island, Dominica, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Mauritius, Montserrat, Nigeria, Norfolk Island, Palau, Pitcairn, Tokelau, Virgin Islands (British), Virgin Islands (U.S.) Merry Christmas
Antarctica Merry Christmas, Felices Pasquas, Hristos Razdajetsja
Guam Merry Christmas, Felis Pasgua
Gibraltar Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad
United Kingdom Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas, Nadolig Llawen
United States Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings
Cameroon, Canada, Vanuatu Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël
Cook Islands Merry Christmas, Kia orana e kia manuia rava i teia Kiritime
Malawi Merry Christmas, Moni Wa Chikondwelero Cha X’mas
Thailand Merry Christmas, Sawasdee Pee Mai
Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela Feliz Navidad!
Chile Feliz Navidad China Sheng Tan Kuai Loh
Colombia Feliz Navidad para todos
Puerto Rico Feliz Navidad, Felices Pascuas, Felicidades
Australia, Bahamas, British Indian Ocean Territory, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Sierra Leone, South Georgia and The South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe Happy Christmas
Seychelles Happy Christmas, Joyeux Noël
Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, France, French Guiana, French Southern Territories, Gabon, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Mali, Martinique, Monaco, New Caledonia, Niger, Reunion, Senegal, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Togo, Wallis and Futuna Islands Joyeux Noël
Madagascar Joyeux Noël, Arahaba tratry ny Krismasy
Equatorial Guinea Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad
French Polynesia Joyeux Noël, La ora i te Noera
Chad, Comoros, Djibouti Joyeux Noël, Milad Mubarak
Austria Frohe Weihnachten
Germany, Liechtenstein Fröhliche Weihnachten
Switzerland Fröhlichi Wiehnacht, Joyeux Noël
Indonesia a Salamet Hari Natal
Ghana Afishapa
Pakistan Bara Din Mubarrak Ho
Papua New Guinea Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas
Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe Boas Festas
Macau Boas Festas, Sing Dan Fiy Loc
Hungary Boldog Karácsonyt
Andorra Bon Nadal
ruba, Netherlands Antilles Bon Pasco, Bon Anja
Italy, San Marino Buon Natale
Yugoslavia Cestitamo Bozic
Vietnam Chuc Mung Giang Sinh (chúc mừng giáng sinh)
Republic of Moldova Craciun fericit si un An Nou fericit!
Romania Craciun Fericit, Sarbatori Fericite
Afghanistan De Christmas akhtar de bakhtawar au newai kal de mubarak sha
Cyprus Eftihismena Christougenna, Noëliniz kutlu olsun ve yeni yili
Brazil Feliz Natal
Northern Mariana Islands Filis Pasgua, Merry Christmas
Namibia Geseende Kersfees
South Africa Geseënde Kersfees, Happy Christmas
Albania Gëzuar Krishlindjet
Georgia Gilotsavt Krist’es Shobas
Denmark Glaedelig Jul
Greenland Glædelig Jul, Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluarit
Faroe Islands Gledhilig jol
Iceland Gleðileg Jól
Sweden God Jul
Norway God Jul, Gledelig Jul
Estonia Haid Joule, Rôômsaid Jôule
Finland Hauskaa Joulua
Kyrgyzstan Hristos Razdajetsja
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands Hristos Razdajetsja, Gledelig Jul
Kazakhstan Hristos Razdajetsja, Rozdjestvom Hristovim
Russian Federation Hristos Razdajetsja, S Rozdjestvom Hristovim
Arabic I’d Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida
United Arab Emirates I’d miilad said oua sana saida
Iraq Idah Saidan Wasanah Jadidah
Malta Il-Milied it-Tajjeb, Festi t-Tajba
Haiti Jwaye Nwel
Greece Kala Christougenna
Tonga Kilisimasi Fiefia
United Republic of Tanzania, Mayotte Krismas Njema Na Heri Za Mwaka Mpya, Happy Christmas
Bhutan, Nepal krist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva
Chinese (Mandarin), Taiwan Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
American Samoa La Maunia Le Kilisimasi
Samoa La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Lithuania Laimingu Kaledu
Filipino Maligayang Pasko
Philippines Maligayang Pasko
Eritrea Melkam Yelidet Beaal, Poket Kristmet
Ethiopia Melkam Yelidet Beaal, Poket Kristmet, Merry Christmas
Japan Merii Kurisumasu
Lebanon Milad Majeed
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Yemen Milad Mubarak
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Milad Mubarak, Buon Natale, Happy Christmas
Jordan, Kuwait Milad Mubarak, Merry Christmas
Israel Mo’adim Lesimkha
Marshall islands Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin
Welsh Nadolig Llawen
India Natal Mubarak
Latin Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
Urdu Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Burundi Noëli Nziza, Joyeux Noël
Rwanda Noheli Nziza
Ireland Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Netherlands Prettige Kerstdagen, Zalig Kerstfeest, Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Latvia Priecigus ziemassvetkus!
Cambodia rikreay​ thngai​ nauel
Luxembourg Schéi Krëschtdeeg
Malaysia Selamat Hari Krimas
Brunei Darussalam Selamat Hari Natal
Singapore Sheng Tan Kuai Loh, Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal, Happy Christmas
Armenia Shnorhavor Sourp Dzunount
Hindi Shubh Christmas
Bangladesh Shuvo Baro Din
Hong Kong Sing dan fiy loc, Merry Christmas
Slovenia Srecen Bozic
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sretam Bozic, Hristos se rodi
Croatia Sretan Bozic
Macedonia Streken Bozhik
Sri Lanka Subha nath thalak Vewa, Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Korean</span Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Republic of Korea Sungtan Chukha
Azerbaijan Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Czech Republic Vesele Vanoce
Slovakia (Slovak Republic) Vesele Vianoce
Ukraine Veseloho Vam Rizdva
Bulgaria Vessela Koleda
Uganda Webale Krismasi
Poland Wesolych Swiat
Sudan Wilujeng Natal
Belarus Winshuyu sa Svyatkami
Surinam Zalig Kersfeest, Wang swietie Kresnetie
Belgium Zalig Kerstfeest

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