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Merry Christmas in Chinese. Photo: Hanbridge Mandarin

Let’s break that phrase down to better understand it:

The Chinese word for Christmas is 圣诞节 (shèng dàn jié). Let’s see what the characters mean individually to better help you understand the word:

  • 圣 (shèng) means “saint.”

  • 诞 (dàn) means “birth.”

  • 节 (jié) means “festival” or “holiday.”

So, all together the word for Christmas means “the birth of a saint holiday.” Despite the name of the holiday, you’d be surprised at how many people in China still don’t know the reason for the season.

In Chinese, an easy way to wish someone a “happy” or “merry” holiday is simply to add the word 快乐 (kuài lè). Unlike in English, where we’d say “Happy Birthday” or “Merry Christmas,” the word for “happy/merry” comes after the name of the holiday when you say it in Chinese, according to Transparent Language.

SAY Season’s Greetings in Chinese


shèng dàn kuài lè, xīn nián hǎo

A Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.


shèng dàn kuài lè, gōng hè xīn xǐ

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!


xiàn shàng zuì chéng zhì de jié rì zhù fú

Best wishes on this holiday season.


zài shèng dàn hé xīn nián lái lín zhī jì, zhù fú nǐ píng ān, kuài lè, xìng fú

Wishing you peace, joy and happiness through Christmas and the coming year.


měi lì de shèng dàn jié zhī jì, jǐn zhì wǒ de sī niàn yǔ zhù fú

Thinking of you and wishing you a beautiful Christmas season.

Of all the Western holidays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the most readily adopted by the Chinese people. Christmas for the Chinese, especially the urban youth, is a great time for fun. Unlike during Chinese New Year, they don’t have to travel back to their parents’ home, and don’t have to worry about high expectations from family members. All consumer businesses in the big cities, from shopping malls to food stands, Western-style or deeply Chinese, decorate themselves in Christmas fashion. Christmas songs are sung in Chinese, but the joy they bring is universal, as cited by One to One Chinese.