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How to Give a Holiday Greeting in 25 Languages

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How to Give a Holiday Greeting in 25 Languages

Festive holidays similar to Christmas are celebrated around the world during December. Try pronouncing some of these tongue-twisting variations of Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Better yet, impress your friends abroad with the appropriate greeting in their holiday card.


Armenian – Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand

Basque – Zorionak eta Urte Berri On

Croatian – Sretan Bozic

Choctaw – Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito

Dutch – Vrolijk Kerstfeest

Feline – Mew Mew Meow

Filipino – Maligayang Pasko



Finnish – Hyvaa joulua

French – Joyeux Noël

German – Fröhliche Weihnachten

Greek – Kala Christouyenna

Haitian – (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri’cho o Rish D’Shato Brichto

Hawaiian – Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou



Icelandic – Gledileg Jol

Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit

Indonesian – Selamat Hari Natal

Italian – Buon Natale



Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto

Latin – Natale hilare et Annum Faustum

Portuguese – Feliz Natal

Russian – Pozdravlyenie s Rozjdyestvom i s Novym Godom

Swedish – God Jul

Spanish – Feliz Navidad

Thai – Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas

Yoruba – E ku odun, e ku iye’dun

Welsh – Nadolig Llawen



If you know a seasonal greeting in a language not included, please share it in the comment section below.



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Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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11:00AM PDT on Jun 24, 2015

Gracias, thank you, merci, danke schön, dank u wel :P :)

2:28PM PDT on Oct 16, 2014


7:56AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

9:16AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

good to consider

12:18PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

This was great, thanks! It would be nice to see more of this for other holidays, too. Very useful, given that we can meet friends from all over the world on Care2.

4:19PM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Those are terrific ... but how do I know you didn't just tell me to say, "your mother's fat and dresses you funny" ???

Just what I need ... to look like Rudolph for Christmas.

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