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Chinese vocabulary about Christmas

Christmas in Chinese, Chinese vocabulary

Despite it being a regular workday in China, many people in recent years have begun celebrating Christmas. You can see Christmas decorations in department stores and the custom of exchanging gifts is becoming more popular – especially with the younger generation.

Many people also decorate their homes with Christmas trees and other Christmas ornaments.

Two Ways to Say Christmas

There are two ways to say "Christmas" in Mandarin Chinese – either shèng dàn jié (圣诞节) or yē dàn jié (耶诞节).

In each of the phrases, the final two characters (诞节 dàn jié) are the same. 诞 refers to birth, and 节 means "holiday".

The first character of Christmas can be either 圣 or 耶. 圣 translates as "saint" and 耶 is a phonetic which is used for Jesus – yē sū (耶稣).

圣诞节 means "the birth of a saint holiday" and 耶诞节 means "the birth of Jesus holiday."

圣诞节 is the more popular of the two phrases. Whenever you see 圣诞, though, remember that you can also use 耶诞 instead.

Christmas Vocabulary Mandarin Chinese

English

Pinyin

Chinese

Christmas

shèng dàn jié

圣诞节

Christmas

yē dàn jié

耶诞节

Christmas eve

shèng dàn yè

圣诞夜

Christmas eve

ping ān yè

平安夜

Merry Christmas

shèng dàn kuài lè

圣诞快乐

Christmas tree

shèng dàn shù

圣诞树

Candy Cane

guǎi zhàng táng

拐杖糖

Christmas presents

shèng dàn lǐ wù

圣诞礼物

Stocking

shèng dàn wà

圣诞袜

Poinsetta

shèng dàn hóng

圣诞红

Gingerbread house

jiāng bǐng wū

姜饼屋

Christmas card

shèng dàn kǎ

圣诞卡

Santa Claus

shèng dàn lǎo rén

圣诞老人

Sleigh

xuě qiāo

雪橇

Reindeer

mí lù

麋鹿

Christmas carol

shèng dàn gē

圣诞歌

Caroling

bào jiā yīn

报佳音

Angel

tiān shǐ

天使

Snowman

xuě rén

雪人

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2016-06-21

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