Day 7

Say What?

Advent7Christmas may not actually be celebrated everywhere but there are many ways of passing on Yuletide felicitations in different languages.

Uganda‘s “Afishapa” is the shortest in terms of number of characters and one of very few with only one word.

Canada (the Yupik tongue) “Alussistuakeggtaarmek” again a single word but at 21 characters 50% longer than “Happy Christmas”

Ukraine‘s “Veseloho Rizdva i z Novym Rokom or Веселого Різдва і з Новим Роком” is probably among the hardest to remember and is certainly among the longest.

Quenya (a fictional language found in Lord of the Rings) “Alassë a Hristomerendë”

Sindarin (again created by J. R. R. Tolkein for Lord of the Rings) – “Mereth Veren e-Doled Eruion”

But our particular favourite is from Star Trek where, as any warrior worth their salt will know, the Klingons will warmly greet you with a bottle of blood wine and “toDwI’ma’ qoS yItIvqu” – literally translated as “Our Saviour’s birthday you-enjoy!”

Source/ Further information: – Christmas in Different Languages