You know “Feliz Navidad” and “Joyeux Noël”… but how do you say “Merry Christmas” in your local dialect? It’s 12 days to Christmas and we at Sarauta Network have decided to say ‘Merry Christmas’ to you in 12 African languages. Christmas Day is the most celebrated holiday in the world. It is a time when friends and family come together. So If you find yourself in the Motherland this festive season, here are a few ways to say “Merry Christmas” to the locals! Feel free to add yours in the comment section below.
- Afrikaans (South Africa, Namibia): Geseënde Kersfees
- Amharic (Ethiopia): Melikam Gena
- Chewa (Mozambique): Moni Wa Chikondwelero Cha Kristmasi
- Edo (Nigeria): Iselogbe
- Kinyarwanda (Rwanda): Noheli nziza
- Lingala (Democratic Republic of the Congo): Mbotama Malamu
- Luganda (Uganda): Seku Kulu
- Ashanti (Ghana): Afehyia pa
- Somali (Somalia): Kirismas Wacan
- Sotho (Lesotho): Le be le keresmese e monate
- Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya): Krismasi Njema / Heri ya Krismasi
- Tigrinya (Ethiopia and Eritrea): Ruhus Beal Lidet
Fun Facts about African Christmas Traditions
- Christmas isn’t on the same day everywhere in Africa.
- Muslims celebrate Christmas in Senegal, they even decorate mosques with Christmas trees.
- The Gambia celebrates Christmas with a massive parade with large lanterns.
In as much as over 2,000 languages are spoken across Africa, as a first-time visitor to an African country learning a local language isn’t critical. However, familiarizing yourself with a handful of greetings and phrases – including festive wishes – will almost certainly be rewarded with a warm and appreciative smile.
Merry Christmas from all of us here at Sarauta Network.
Last modified: April 25, 2021