Merry Christmas in all languages

By Nicolas Gambardella

It is that time of the year again. Although the “modern” celebrations are supposed to be of relevance for Christian only, this is really a celebration of the solstice (whether the summer or the winter one depending on the side of the globe you are living in). So let’s wish each other a merry day.

Several web pages list ways of saying Merry Christmas in many languages. However, those pages are generally incomplete, sometimes incorrect (I loved the one that wrote “Martha snores” instead of Merry Christmas in a minority language). Here, I list all the Merry Christmas I could collect, with links to the respective Wikipedia pages. I tried to present them in the original script as well as the latin one, although some are hard to write in Unicode.
Please contact me if you disagree with one of my choices, or if you are aware of a missing entry. The entries I consider validated (using various sources) are in boldface.

Acholi
Uganda
Krismasi mkunjufu

Afrikaans
South Africa, Namibia
Geseënde Kersfees

Ahtna (central)
Alaska
C’ehwggelnen Dzaen

Akan
Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin
Afishapa

Albanian
Albania, Kosovo
Gëzuar Krishtlindjet

Aleut
Native American, Alaska
Kamgan Ukudigaa

Alsatian
France
E güeti Wïnâchte

Alutiiq/Sugpiak
Native American
Nunaniqsaakici Aʀusistuami

Amharic
Ethiopia
Melikam Gena
መልካም ገና

Apachean
Apache, Navajo
Gozhqq Késhmish

Arabic (yet to be developed into different forms)
Eid Milad Majid
عيد ميلاد مجيد

Aragonese
Spain
Feliz nadal

Armenian
Armenia
Shnorhavor Surb Tsnund
Շնորհավոր Սուրբ Ծնունդ

Aromanian
Balkans
Cărciun hărios

Ashanti
Ghana
afehyia pa

Assamese
India (Assam)
meri khristmas
মেৰী খ্রীষ্টমাচ

Asturian
Spain
Bones Navidae

Astur-leonese
Spain
Felís Ñavidá

Aymara
Peru, Bolivia, Chile
Sooma nawira-ra

Azerbaijani
Azerbaijan
Milad bayramınız mübarək

Bambara/Bamanankan
Mali
Ala ka Noeli diya(?)

Basque
France, Spain
Eguberri on

Batak-Karo
Indonesia
Selamat wari Nata

Bavarian
Germany
Šene Veinåhd

Belarusian
Belarus
z Kaljádami
З Калядамі

Bemba
Zambia, Dem Rep Congo, Tanzania, Bostwana
Kristu abe nenu muli ino nshiku nkulu ya Mwezi

Bengali
Bangladesh, India
shubho bôṛodin
শুভ বড়দিন

Srećan Božić Berber (orig alph is neo-Tifinagh)
MENA
Tameghra tameggazt
ⵜⴰⵎⴻⵖⵔⴰ ⵜⴰⵎⴻⴳⴳⴰⵣⵜ

Bikol/Bicolano
Philippines
Maogmang Pasko

Bildts
Netherlands
Noflike Korsttydsdagen

Bislama
Vanuatu
Mi wisim yufala eerywan one gutfala Krismes

Blackfoot
Native American
I’Taamomohkatoyiiksistsikomi
ᖱᒣᖳᒐᒉᑊᖿᒪᔪᖱᖽᐧᒡᒧᐧᖾᒍ

Bosnian
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Srećan Božić

Breton
France
Nedeleg laouen

Bulgarian
Bulgaria
Vesela Koleda
Весела Коледа

Burmese
Myanmar
pyawshwinsaw hkarahchcamaat hpyitparhcay
ပျော်ရွှင်သောခရစ္စမတ်ဖြစ်ပါစေ

Cantonese
China
Seng Dan Fai Lok
聖誕快樂

Cape Verdean
Cap Verde
Boas Festas

Catalan
Andorra, Spain
Bon Nadal

Cebuano
Philippines
Maayong pasko

Celtic
Wales
Nadolig Llawen

Central Dusun (Bunduliwan)
Malaysia
C’ehwggelnen Dzaen

Chabacano/Chavacano
Philippines
Feliz Pascuas

Chamorro
Guam, Marianas
Felis Nåbidåt

Chechen
Chechen republic
Kerlaču şarca
Керлачу шарца

Cherokee
Native American US
ulihelisdi danisdayohihv
ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲ

Chewa/Chichewa/Nyanja
Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Khrisimasi yabwino

Cheyenne
Native American, US
Hoesenestotse

Choctaw
Native American, US
Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito

Chuukese
Caroline Islands
Neekirissimas annim

Coastal Kadazan
Malaysia
Kotobian tadau Krismas

Comanche
Native American, US
Tsaa Nʉʉsukatʉ̱ Waa Himarʉ

Coptic
Egypt
Picristos afmansf
Ⲡⲓⲭⲣⲓⲥⲧⲟⲥ ⲁⲫⲙⲁⲛⲥⲫ

Cornish
United Kingdom
Nadelik Lowen

Cree
Native American, US
Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
ᒥᑐ ᒪᑯᓯ ᑫᓯᑲᓐᓯ

Corsican
France
Bon Natale

Creek/Muscogee
Native American, US
Afvcke Nettvcakorakko

Crimean Tatar
Crimea
Yañı yılıñız hayırlı olsun
Янъы йылынъыз хайырлы олсун

Croatian
Croatia
Sretan Božić

Czech
Czech Republic
Veselé Vánoce

Cuyonon
Philippines
Malipayeng Paskoa

Dagbani
Ghana
Ni ti Burunya Chou

Danish
Denmark, Germany
Glædelig Jul

Dari/Farsi
Afghanistan
Christmas Mubarak
کرسمس مبارک

Dutch
Belgium, Netherlands
Vrolijk Kerstfeest

Elfdalian
Sweden
Guäd Juäld

Edo
Nigeria
Iselogbe

Emilian-romagnol
Italy
Bon Nadèl

English
United Kingdom, USA
Merry Christmas

Erzya
Russia
Od ije dy Roştova marto
Од ие ды Роштова марто

Esperanto
N/A
Feliĉan Kristnaskon

Estonian
Estonia
Häid jõule

Ewe
Ghana, Togo
Blunya na wo

Extremaduran
Spain
Felís Naviá

Faroese
Denmark
Gleðilig Jól

Fijian
Fidji
Marau na Kerisimasi

Filipino
Philippines
Maligayang Pasko

Flemish
Belgium
vroolek kerstfeejst
vroolek kerstfeejst

Finnish
Finland
Hyvää Joulua

French
France, Monaco, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Africa
Joyeux Noël

Frisian,Frysk,West-Frisian
Netherlands
Noflike Krystdagen

Friulian
Italy
Bon Nadâl

Fula/Fulani
Niger, Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, Togo, Guinea, Sierra Leone
Jabbama be salla Kirismati

Galician
Spain
Bo Nadal

Gallo
France
Bon Nouao

Garhwali
India
जसीलो क्रिसमस र जसीलो नै विरबै

Garifuna
Caribbean
Buiti fedu

Gascon
France
Gaujos Nadau

Georgian
Georgia
šobas gilocavt
შობას გილოცავთ

German
Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Fröhliche Weihnachten

Gitxsan
Canada
Hisgusgitxwsim Ha’niisgats Christ ganhl Ama Sii K’uuhl

Gothic
Faha weiha naht
𐍆𐌰𐌷𐌰 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐌷𐌰 𐌽𐌰𐌷𐍄

Greek
Greece, Cyprus
Kalá hristúyenna
Καλά Χριστούγεννα

Greenlandic
Greenland
Juullimi pilluarit

Guaraní
Paraguay
Avyaitete ahï ko Tupa ray árape qyraï Yy Kapyryin rira

Guarayu
Paraguay
Imboeteipri tasecoi Tupa i vave

Guinea-Bissau Creole
Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Gambia
Imboeteipri tasecoi Tupa i vave

Gujarati
India Ānandī nātāla
આનંદી નાતાલ

Gwichʼin
Alaska
Drin tsal zhit shoh ohlii

Haitian
Creole Haiti
Jwaye Nowèl

Hausa
Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo
Barka da Kirsimatikuma

Hawaiian
Hawaii
Mele Kalikimaka

Hebrew
Israel
Chag molad sameach
חג מולד שמח

Hiligaynon/Ilonggo
Philippines
Malipayon nga Paskwa

Hindi
India
śubh krismas
शुभ क्रिस्मस

Hmong
China
Nyob zoo hnub yug Yesxus

Hungarian
Hungary
Boldog Karácsonyt

Iban
Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei
Selamat Hari Krismas

Ibidio
Nigeria
Idara ukapade isua

Icelandic
Iceland
Gleðileg jól

Igbo
Nigeria
E keresimesi Oma

Ilocano
Philippines
Naragsak Nga Pasku

Indonesian
Indonesia
Selamat Natal

Inupiaq
Alaska
Quvianaq Agaayuniqpak

Inuktitut
Alaska
Kuvianak Inovia
ᑯᕕᐊᓇᒃ ᐃᓄᕕᐊ

Irish
Ireland
Nollaig Shona

Iroquoian
Canada
Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson homungradon nagwutut & Ojenyunyat osrasay

Italian
Italy
Buon Natale

Jamaican
Jamaica
Merri crissmus

Jämtlandic
Sweden
Gojuln

Japanese
Japan
Meri Kurisumasu
メリークリスマス

Javanese
Indonesia
Sugeng Natal
ꦱꦸꦒꦼꦁꦫꦶꦪꦪꦤꦠꦭ꧀ꦭꦤ꧀ꦮꦂꦱꦲꦼꦁꦒꦭ꧀ ꦱ꧀ꦭꦩꦼꦠ꧀ꦤꦠꦭ꧀ꦭꦤ꧀ꦠꦲꦸꦤ꧀ꦲꦚꦂ

Jèrriais
Jersey
Bouan Noué

Judaeo-Spanish/Ladino
Israel
Noel alegre i felis anyo muevo
נויל אליגרי אי פ׳יליס אנייו

Jula/Dyula/Dioula
Burkina Faso
la ye Nowɛli diya

Jingpho
Myanmar
Ngwi pyaw ai X’mas rai u ga

Kalmyk
Russia
Tsagaan Sar ölzätä boltxa
Цаһан Сар өлзәтә болтха

Kannada
India
kris mas habbada shubhaashayagalu
ಕ್ರಿಸ್ ಮಸ್ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಷಯಗಳು

Kapampangan
Philippines
Masayang Pasku

Kaqchikel
Guatemala
Dios tik’ujie’ avik’in

Karachay-Balkar
Russia, Turkey
Džangy džylyġyz oġurlu bolsun
Джангы джылыгъыз огъурлу болсун

Karelian
Russia
Rastavanke sinun
Раставанке синун

Kashubian
Poland
Wèsołych gódów

Kazakh
Kazakhstan
Rojdestvo quttı bolsın
Рождество құтты болсын

Khmer
Cambodia
rikreay thngai bonyanauel
រីករាយ​ថ្ងៃបុណ្យ​ណូអែល

Khoekhoe
Africa
!Gâi!gâxa !khub!naes tsî ǀkhaehesa ǀasa kurib

Kinyarwanda
Rwanda
Noheri nziza

Komi
Russia
Vyl’ voön da bur Röštvoön
Выль воöн дa бур Рöштвоöн

Konkani
India
Khushal Borit Natala

Korean
Korea
jeulgeoun seongtanjeol
즐거운 성탄절

Koyukon
Alaska
Denaahuto’ Hoolaahn Dedzaahn Sodeelts’eeyh

Kurdish Kumanji
Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria
Kirîsmes pîroz

Kurdish Sorani
Iraq, Iran
jachny krismiset be khoshy bet
ﺟﻪﮊﻧﻰ ﻛﺮﻳﺴﻤﻴﺴﺖ ﺑﻪ خۆشى بێت

Kyrgyz
Kyrgyzstan
Caratkannın tuısımen
Жаратканнын туысымен

Ladin
Italy
Bun Nadèl

Lakota
USA
Wanikiya tonpi wowiyuskin

Lao
Laos
suksan wan kharitsamāt
ສຸກສັນວັນຄຣິດສມາດ

Latin
Italy
Felix dies Nativitatis

Latvian/Lettish
Latvia
Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus

Lingala
DR Congo, Rep Congo, Central African Republic, Angola
Mbotama Malamu

Lithuanian
Lithuania
Linksmų Kalėdų

Lombard
Italy, Switzerland
Bon Nedal

Low saxon
Germany
Frohe Wiehnachten

Lozi
Zambia
Kilisimusi ye munati ni matohonolo a silimo/mwaha o munca

Luganda
Uganda
Seku Kulu

Lule Sámi
Sweden, Norway
Buorre javla

Lushootseed
USA
Haʔɬ pədx̌aʔx̌aʔ

Luxembourgish
Luxembourg
Schéi Krëschtdeeg

Macedonian
North-Macedonia
Sreḱen Božiḱ
Среќен Божиќ

Magahi
India
bada din aayo naya saal mubaarak
बड़ा दिन आयो नया साल मुबारक

Malagasy
Madagascar
Tratry ny Krismasy

Malay
Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia,Singapore, Thailand
Selamat hari Natal

Malayalam
India
kristumas āśansakaḷ
ക്രിസ്തുമസ് ആശംസകള്‍

Maltese
Malta
IL-Milied It-tajjeb

Mandarin
China
Shèngdàn kuàilè
圣诞快乐

Meitei/Manipuri
India
Yāi-phə-bə sə-ji-bu che-rāo-bə oi-rə-sə-nu
ꯌꯥꯏꯐꯕ ꯁꯖꯤꯕꯨ ꯆꯩꯔꯥꯑꯣꯕ ꯑꯣꯏꯔꯁꯅꯨ

Manx (Gaelic)
Isle of Man
Nollick Ghennal

Māori
New Zealand
Meri Kirihimete

Marathi
India
Śubha nātāḷa
शुभ नाताळ

Marshallese
Marshall Island
Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin

Masurian
Poland
Wesołéch Gód

Michif
Canada, USA
Gayayr Nwel

Mizo
India, Burma
Krismas Chibai

Moksha
Russia
Roštuva marxta
Роштува мархта

Moldovan
Moldova
Craciunun Fericit

Monégasque
Monaco
Bon Natale

Mongolian
Mongolia
Zul saryn mend hürgeje
Зул сарын мэнд хүргэе

Montenegrin
Montenegro
Hristos se rodi
Христос се роди

Mozarabic
Spain
Buen natal
ون نتل

Nahuatl
Mexico
Cualli netlācatilizpan

Naskapi
Canada
miywaaitaakun mikusaanor

Navajo/Dine
USA
Yáʼátʼééh Késhmish

Ndebele – Northern
Zimbabwe, South Africa
Izilokotho Ezihle Zamaholdeni

Nepali
Nepal, India
Krasmasakō śubhakāmanā
क्रस्मसको शुभकामना

Newari/Nepal Bhasa
Nepal, India
भिं ख्रिस्मस

Niuean
Niue, Cook islands, Tonga
Monuina a aho kilisimasi mo e tau foou

Norman
Jersey
Un bouan Noué

Norwegian
Norway
God Jul

Occitan
France, Monaco, Italy, Spain
Polit Nadal

Ogoni
Nigeria
Eenyie Mea Krist Ne Eenyie Aagbaa

Ojibwe/Chippewa
Canada
Niibaa’ anami’egiizhigad & Aabita Biboo

Okinawan
Japan
merī kurisumasu
メリークリスマス

Old English
United Kingdom
Blīþe Gēol

Oneida
USA
Wanto’wan amp; Hoyan

Onhan
Philippines
Malipayon nga Paskwa

Oriya/Odia
India
Nababarṣara subhechā
ନବବର୍ଷର ସୁଭେଚ୍ଛା

Ossetian
Russia
Cyppurcy Bærægbonæn
Цыппурсы Бӕрӕгбонӕн

Otomi
Mexico
Njohya ar pa ‘mu̲i ne njohya ‘na’yo nje̲ya

Palauan
Palau
Ungil Kurismas

Pangasinan
Philippines
Maabig ya pasko

Papiamento
Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire
Bon Pasco

Pashto
Afghanistan
De Krismas akhtar de bakhtawar
د كرسمس ﺍﺧﺘﺮ ﺩ

Pennsylvania German/Dutch
USA
En frehlicher Grischtdaag

Persian
Afganistan
kerismas mobârak
کریسمس مبارک‎

Polish
Poland
Wesołych Świąt

Portuguese
Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe
Feliz Natal

Punjabi
India
Mairī krisamasa
ਮੈਰੀ ਕ੍ਰਿਸਮਸ

Qʼanjobʼal
Guatemala, Mexico
chi woche swatx’ilal hak’ul yet jun yalji Komami’

Quechua
Peru, Bolivia, Chile
Sumaj kausay kachun Navidad ch’sisipi

Rapa-Nui
Easter Island
Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua

Rarotongan/Cook Islands Māori
Cook Islands
Kia orana e kia manuia rava i teia Kiritimeti e te Mataiti Ou

Romani
Europe
Baxtalo Krećuno

Romansh
Switzerland
Bellas festas da Nadal

Romanian
Romania
Crăciun Fericit

Russian
Russia
S Rozhdestvom
С Рождеством

Rusyn
Eastern Europe
Chrystos roždajesja
Христос рождаєся

Sámi – Northern
Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia
Buorit Juovllat

Sámi – Southern
Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia
Buerie jåvle

Sámi – Lule
Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia
Buorre javla

Samoan
Samoan Islands
Maunia Le Kilisimasi

Sanskrit
India
Kristamasaparvaṇaḥ śubhēcchāḥ
क्रिस्तमसपर्वणः शुभेच्छाः

Sardinian
Italy
Bon nadale

Scots
United Kingdom
Blythe yuil

Scottish Gaelic
United Kingdom
Nollaig chridheil

Seneca
USA
a:o’-e:sad yos-ha:-se:’

Serbian
Serbia
Srećan Božić
Христос се роди

Sesotho/Sotho
Lesotho
Keresemese e monate le mahlohonolo a selemo se setjha

Seychellois
Seychelles
Bonn e Erez Ane (PLACEHOLDER SINCE THAT IS ACTUALLY NEW YEAR)

Shona
Zimbabwe
Muve neKisimusi

Sicilian
Italy
Bon Natali

Silesian
Czech republic
Radosnych Godōw

Sindhi
India
ڪرسمس جون واڌايون ڪرسمس جون واڌايون

Sinhala/Singhalese
Sri Lanka
subha natthalak
සුභ නත්තලක්

Slovak
Slovakia
Veselé vianoce

Slovenian
Slovenian
Vesel Boži
č

Soga/Lasoga
Uganda
Mwisuka Sekukulu

Somali
Somalia, Djibouti
Kirismas Wacan

Sorbian Lower
Germany
Wjasołe gódy

Sorbian Upper
Germany
Wjesołe hody

Sotho – Northern
South Africa
Mahlogonolo a Keresemose

Spanish
Spain
Feliz Navidad

Sranan Tongo
Suriname
Swit’ Kresneti

Sundanese
Indonesia
Wilujeng Natal

Swahili
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Somalia, Zambia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Heri ya Krismasi

Swazi
South Africa
Khisimusi lomuhle

Swedish
Sweden
God Jul

Swiss German
Switzerland
Schöni Wienachte

Tagalog
Philippines
Maligayang Pasko

Tahitian
Polynesia
‘Ia ‘oa’oa i te Noera ‘e ‘ia maita’i i te mau ‘ōro’a matahiti ‘āpī

Tamil
India, Sri Lanka
Kiṟistumas nalvāḻttukkaḷ
கிறிஸ்துமஸ் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்

Tajik
Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Dimoƣcoqī Mavludi Iso
Димоғчоқӣ Мавлуди

Tanaina/Denaʼina
Canada
Natukda Nuuphaa

Tatar
Tatarstan
Raştua bäyräme belän
Раштуа бәйрәме белән

Telugu
India
Santōṣakaramaina krisṭhmas
సంతోషకరమైన క్రిస్ఠ్మస్

Tetum
Timor
Ksolok loron natal nian

Tewa
USA
Hihchandi Núuphaa

Thai
Thailand
S̄uk̄hs̄ạnt̒ wạn khris̄t̒mās̄
สุขสันต์วันคริสต์มาส

Tigrinya
Eritrea, Ethiopia
Rhus Be’al Ldetn Hadsh Ametn
ርሑስ በዓል ልደትን ሓድሽ ዓመትን።

Tlingit
USA, Canada
Xristos Khuwdziti kax sh kaxtoolxetl

Tokelauan
Tokelau, Swains Island
Manuia te Kilihimahi

Tok Pisin
Papua New Guinea
Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas go long yu

Tongan
Tonga
Kilisimasi fiefia mo ha ta’u fo’ou monū’ia

Tsonga
Mozambique, South Africa
A ku vi Khisimusi lerinene naswona a ku vi lembe lerintshwa lerinene

Tsotsil
Mexico
Xmuyubajuk ti avo’one ti ta k’ine xchu’uk ti ta ach’ jabile

Tswana
Southern Africa
Keresemose e e monate le ngwaga o o itumedisang

Turkish
Turkey, Cyprus
Mutlu Noeller

Turkmen
Turkmenistan
Täze ýylyňyz gutly bolsun

Tutchone
Canada
t’ohudinch’i Hulin Dzenu & Eyum nan ek’an nenatth’at danji te yesohuthin ch’e hadaatle

Tuvaluan
Tuvalu
Manuia te Kilisimasi mo te Tausaga Fou

Twi
Ghana
Afenhyia pa

Udmurt
Russia
Vyl’ Aren, no Tolsur
Выль Арен, но Толсур

Ukrainian
Ukraine
z Rizdvóm
з Різдвом

Urdu
Pakistan, India
krismas mubārak
کرسمَس مبارک

Uyghur
China, Kazakhstan
Rojistıwa bayrımıngızgä mubaräk
روجىستىۋا بايرىمىڭىزگە مۇبارەك

Uzbek
Uzbekistan
Rojdestvo bayramingiz qutlug
Рождество байрамингиз қутлуғ

Venda
South Africa
Ḓuvha ḽa mabebo a Murena ḽavhuḓi

Venetian
Italy
Bon nadale

Veps
Russia
Raštvoidenke i Udenke Vodenke

Vietnamese
Vietnam
Chúc mừng Giáng sinh

Võro
Estonia
Rõõmsit joulupühhi

Votic
Russia
Yvää uutta vootta

Walloon
Belgium
djoyeus Noyé

Waray
Philippines
Maupay nga Pasko

Welsh
United Kingdom
Nadolig llawen

Westrobothnian
Scandinavia
Gow juwl

Wolof
Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania
Mangui lay ndioukeul ci Noël bi

Xhosa
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho
Krismesi emnandi

Yiddish
World
a freylekhn nitl
אַ פֿריילעכן ניטל

Yolngu
Australia
Kritjmatj yiŋgathirri ga dhuŋgarra dhawurruŋga yiŋgathirri

Yoruba
West Africa
Ẹ ku Ayọ Keresimesi

Yucatec Maya
Mexico, Guatemala, Belize
Utzul mank’inal

Yupik
Alaska, Russia
Angliq Alussistuaq

Yup’ik
Alaska
Alussistuaqegtaarmek piamken

Zazaki
Turkey
Serra to ya newî pîroz bo

Zulu
South Africa
Jabulele uKhisimusi


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