Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas around the world

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Anne'e!

(Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in French)

Polar Bear Flocke celebrates his 4th Birthday
at the Marineland Aquatic Park
Antibes, France

photo by Eric Gaillard

So many wonderful traditions from so many different people groups.
Let's see a few celebrations of Christmas and the holiday time,
around the world.

1500 school children dressed as Santa Claus
Chennai, India

photo by Babu

Nave sal di mubaraka

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Punjabi,
spoken in  India and Pakistan

Christmas decorations in the
Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy

photo by Filippo Monteforte

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Italian.

North Bondi lifeguards on Bondi Beach
Sydney, Australia

photo courtesy of

Merry Christmas, mate!
'ave a good one, mate!

Merry Christmas in Australian.

(We in the USA always knew they couldn't speak proper English!)

Santacon, 2011
Trafalgar Square, London, Britain

courtesy Luke MacGregor

Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas said in Proper English by the British!

(Yeah, okay, the British always knew we couldn't say
Merry Christmas in proper English either!)

Malaysia Aquaria, 2011
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

courtesy of Bazuki Muhammad

Selamat Hari Natal

Merry Christmas in Malay, the official language of Malaysia,
although they have 139 languages spoken there!

Snow in Saint Petersburg, Russia

photo by Alexander Demianchuk

Pozdravlyau s prazdnikom Rozhdestvai
c Novym Godom

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Russian.

a Palestinian nun during Christmas Morning Mass at
the Latin Church of Visitation,
West Bank, Israel

photo by Al-Zababdeh

This photo was a bit tricky to credit a language to, as the West Bank is still in the hands of the Fatah (a Palestinian group) but Israel is the occupying force.
I think.
It gets confusing!
Since I have already had an Arabic Merry Christmas,
how about one in Hebrew?

Mo'adim Lesimkha
Shana Tova

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Hebrew.

the main language of Israel,
although Arabic is a secondary official language.

That's a lot of Merry Christmas's!
- and plenty of Happy New Year's thrown in!
I would like to finish with a sweet Christmas Celebration coloring page.
Perhaps this is the best way to show a tradition that we have nothing to do with.
All of creation (including animals and birds) say
Merry Christmas
to their Creator -



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