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
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
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
photo courtesy of www.nydailynews.com
Merry Christmas, mate!
'ave a good one, mate!
Merry Christmas in Australian.
(We in the USA always knew they couldn't speak proper English!)
Trafalgar Square, London, Britain
courtesy Luke MacGregor
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.
It gets confusing!
Since I have already had an Arabic Merry Christmas,
how about one in Hebrew?
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
to their Creator -
THANK YOU TO
FOR THE LOVELY HEART AND HOLLY SWAG ILLUSTRATION