This Is How Europeans Say ‘Merry Christmas’. A Map That Shows the Linguistic Variety of Christmas Wishes

    This Is How Europeans Say ‘Merry Christmas’. A Map That Shows the Linguistic Variety of Christmas Wishes

    7:16 PM EST, December 19, 2022, updated: 5:56 PM EST, December 22, 2022

    The cultural heritage of Europe is really vast, which is clearly visible in all the languages spoken there. So if you were thinking of saying or writing 'Merry Christmas in an original language, why not make use of one of them?

    Christmas in various European languages

    Jakub Marian
    Jakub Marian

    This unique maps were created by Jakub Marian, a Czech linguist and an author of numerous scientific publications. The maps are just a fraction of his works. Others include maps of how to say 'I love you' and words standing for 'Easter'.

    The colors on the map refer to the origins of a given language. For example red stands for Romanic languages that use a Latin word referring to the birth of Jesus. As you can see, some other languages, for instance Celtic, use expressions borrow from the Romanic languages. In the north (in green), however, people use a phrase referring to an old Nordic pagan festival called Jul.

    The list below contains some of the most interesting versions of 'Merry Christmas' in Some of the languages spoken in Europe.

    Albanian: Gëzuar Krishtlindjet

    the Basque language: Eguberri na

    Belarusian: з Калядамі or з Божым Нараджэннем ('z Kaljádami' or ‘z Bozym Naradžénnjem')

    the Bretonic language: Nedeleg laouen

    Bulgarian: Весела Коледа or Честито Рождество Христово (VESELÁ Kolęda or Chestito Roždestvo Hristovo)

    Catalonian: Bon Nadal

    Croatian: Sretan Božić

    Czech: Veselé Vánoce

    Danish: God jul or Glædelig jul

    Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest

    English: Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas

    Estonian: Haid Joule

    Finnish: Hyvää joulua

    French: Joyeux Noël

    The Galician language: Bo Nadal

    German: Fröhliche Weihnachten or Frohe Weihnachten

    Greek: Καλά Χριστούγεννα ( K alá Christoúgenna )

    Hungarian: Boldog karácsonyt

    Icelandic: Gleðileg Jol

    Irish: Nollaig Shona + Dhuit (singular) or Daoibh (plural)

    Italian: Buon Natale

    Latvian: Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus

    Lithuanian: Linksmų Kalėdų

    Luxembourgish: Scheine Chrëschtdag

    Macedonian: Среќен Божиќ or Христос се роди (Sreḱen Božik or Hristos se Rodi)

    Maltese: il-Milied go-Tajjeb

    Norwegian: God jul

    Northern Sami: Buorit juovllat

    Romanian: Crăciun fericit

    The Occitan language: Bon Nadal

    Portuguese: Feliz Natal

    Russian: Рождеством (Христовым)

    Scottish: Nollaig Chridheil

    Serbian: Srećan Božić or Hristos SE Rodi

    The Sardinian language: Bona Pasca de Nadale

    Slovakian: Veselé VIANOCE

    Spanish: Feliz Navidad

    Swedish: God jul

    Ukrainian: з Різдвом (Христовим)

    Welsh: Nadolig Llawen

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