There are quite a few completely different languages spoken in Europe and realizing a couple of primary phrases is all the time helpful when touring. And whereas studying phrases like “Howdy” and “The place can I discover the restroom” ought to almost certainly be on the highest of your listing, there’s one other one you need to know should you’re visiting Europe throughout the winter holidays – “Merry Christmas”.
To assist prevent the time on googling easy methods to say the phrase in every of the numerous completely different European languages, Czech linguist Jakub Marian created a helpful and informative map with all the data you could possibly want. Test it out beneath!
This map reveals how Europe says Merry Christmas
The colours Jakub used for his map weren’t chosen at random – all of them characterize the etymological roots of the phrase. Crimson, for instance, represents the Romance languages. They use a Latin-based phrase to explain the start of Christ. The inexperienced colour up North, nonetheless, base their “Merry Christmas” phrase on the Previous Norse pagan competition known as “jól”.
On his website, Jakub explains that he grouped the German, Czech and Slovak languages collectively as a result of the latter two languages adopted the outdated German phrase for “holy evening”. He additionally explains how although Romanian and Hungarian languages are from completely different language households, the way in which they are saying “Merry Christmas” appears to originate from both Proto-Slavic or Latin.
The various European nations rejoice Christmas in another way – in some, it’s not even over but. Russian Orthodox Christians, for instance, will solely be celebrating the Nativity on January seventh because of the completely different ceremonial calendar they use.
Some former Soviet-controlled nations the place Christmas celebration was once banned, for instance, had Christmas merged with New 12 months’s Eve.
Jakub even listed the phrases for you comfort:
Albanian: Gëzuar Krishtlindjet
Basque: Eguberri on
Belarusian: з Калядамі or з Божым Нараджэннем (z Kaljádami or z Bozym Naradžénnjem)
Breton: Nedeleg laouen
Bulgarian: Весела Коледа or Честито Рождество Христово (Vesela Koleda or Chestito Roždestvo Hristovo)
Catalan: Bon Nadal
Croatian: Sretan Božić
Czech: Veselé Vánoce
Danish God jul or Glædelig jul
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest
English: Merry Christmas or Joyful Christmas
Estonian: Häid jõule
Finnish: Hyvää joulua
French: Joyeux Noël
Galician: Bo Nadal
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten or Frohe Weihnachten
Greek: Καλά Χριστούγεννα (Okalá Christoúgenna)
Hungarian: Boldog karácsonyt
Icelandic: Gleðileg jól
Irish: Nollaig Shona + Dhuit (singular) or Daoibh (plural)
Italian: Buon Natale
Latvian: Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus
Lithuanian: Linksmų Kalėdų
Luxembourgish: Schéine Chrëschtdag
Macedonian: Среќен Божиќ or Христос се роди (Sreḱen Božiḱ or Hristos se rodi)
Maltese: il-Milied it-Tajjeb
Norwegian: God jul
Northern Sami: Buorit juovllat
Romanian: Crăciun fericit
Occitan: Bon Nadal
Polish: Wesołych Świąt (Bożego Narodzenia)
Portuguese: Feliz Natal
Russian: с Рождеством (Христовым) (s Roždestvóm [Hristóvym])
Scottish Gaelic: Nollaig Chridheil
Serbian: Srećan Božić or Hristos se rodi
Sardinian: Bona Pasca de Nadale
Slovak: Veselé Vianoce
Slovene: Vesel božič
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God jul
Turkish: Mutlu Noeller
Ukrainian: з Різдвом (Христовим) (z Rizdvóm [Hrystóvym])
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
You will discover extra of Jakub’s books and map prints on his website.