If you’re planning to spend the Winter holidays in Romania and want to impress locals with your knowledge of the language (swearing doesn’t count!), you might want to know how to say Merry Christmas in Romanian, or maybe how to wish somebody a Happy New Year.
In today’s article, we’re going to talk about all these winter-related greetings and you’ll learn how to say these and quickly improve your knowledge of the Romanian language.
So if you haven’t read these articles, remember to check them out once you’re done with this one!
Now, getting to today’s topic, let’s learn some winter greetings and other holiday-related words in Romanian!
How to say “Merry Christmas” in Romanian
This is how you say “Merry Christmas” in the Romanian language: “Crăciun Fericit!” Don’t get scared of the strange letter there! It’s easier to pronounce it than you might think.
It’s true, it might be a tongue twister for most foreigners, but don’t worry about getting it perfectly. Romanians will appreciate you trying and still understand what you’re saying.
What about the pronunciation? It’s something like “crah-tschun feh-re-cheet.” Oh yes!
If somebody wishes you “Craciun Fericit” and you want to say “Merry Christmas to you too”, that would be: Craciun fericit si tie! (although just saying “Craciun Fericit” would work as well and would be a lot easier for you.)
How to say “Happy New Year” in Romanian
This one’s easier: Un an nou fericit! (Is it really easier?)
You can also follow it with a greeting that’s normally used during one’s birthday: La multi ani! (which basically means “Many years to you”!).
So if you want to really impress, you can say: Un an nou fericit si la multi ani! The same goes if you want to go for another tongue twisting swirl.
If you want to keep things a bit more neutral and not jump into the Christmas spirit, you can always say “Sărbători fericite” which means “Happy holidays“.
Unlike in other places where such a wish is made to ensure nobody is offended (for example, if they don’t celebrate Christmas), in Romania it usually covers all the winter holidays.
I haven’t met a single Romanian not to celebrate Christmas, even less so to get offended if you wish them a Merry Christmas, so no real need to go for “Sarbatori fericite” unless you really want to.
Chances of offending a Romanian for wishing them a merry Christmas are minimal. You can guess that easily when you see that Christmas decorations start flooding up the markets (and houses) in mid-November.
Here are some more winter and holiday-related words in Romanian, in case you want to impress your friends with your knowledge:
– snow: zapada
– It’s snowing: ninge
– Santa Claus: Mos Craciun
– Mulled Wine: Vin fiert (can’t have a winter without it)
– I’m getting tipsy: Ma ametesc (just in case)
– I’m cold: Imi este frig
– I’m happy: Sunt fericit
– Christmas: Craciun (I’m sure you had this figured out already)
– I love Christmas: Iubesc Craciunul
– Christmas carols: Colinde de Craciun
– Christmas tree: Brad de Craciun
And this would be it in terms of Christmasy-words. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comment section below and I’ll gladly translate them for you.
And, of course, Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year! Yes, Romania is not yet part of the “politically correct” revolution and we wish everybody a merry Christmas, not happy winter holidays or anything like that.
When it comes to Christmas in Romania, if you want more than greetings, you should know that it is customary to offer gifts to your loved ones, as well as friends and even colleagues at work. For the latter, don’t go overboard: just get something small and nice, but not expensive.
Santa Claus usually arrives on the 24th in the evening (before kids go to bed), but in some cases, if the family accepts it, the gifts can be found on the 25th in the morning, under the Christmas tree.
We don’t have the tradition of giving Christmas cards (although nobody is upset if they receive one), nor to leave milk and cookies for Santa.
Also, the Christmas stockings are not a tradition here in Romania, so expect most gifts to come in boxes or bags and the stockings to be found… nowhere.
All in all, it doesn’t really matter how you celebrate Christmas and enjoy the winter holidays as long as you do. It’s easy to adapt and most important is, in my opinion, to welcome them all with an open heart.
And now you can even make an impression as you know how to say Merry Christmas in Romanian, as well as how to wish somebody A Happy New Year in Romanian!