How To Say Merry Christmas In Chinese?
|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.
Chinese people celebrate Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, and Christmas the most readily of all the Western holidays. For Chinese people, particularly urban youth, Christmas is a fun time of year. They don't have to return to their parents' house or worry about having high expectations from relatives, unlike during Chinese New Year. Every consumer business in the big cities, whether they are deeply Chinese or Western-style, decorates for the holidays, from food stands to malls. According to One to One Chinese, even though Christmas songs are sung in Chinese, everyone can enjoy them.
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