“’Twas a few nights before Christmas, and the only sound in the house,
Was of Dilshan typing on his keyboard, and left-clicking the mouse.
He was writing his readers a Christmas post, ’twas now ready to be seen,
So he posted it as he smiled & said “What a cool tribe they’ve been.”
Apologies to Mr. Clement Clarke Moore for taking his beautiful poem and contaminating it with my words but I couldn’t help it. I’m feeling happy, poetic, and grateful these days.
In short, I’m feeling very “Christmassy”…
However, nothing to be alarmed about folks, I get like this every year. Starting from early December, I get into the festive mood by loading my iPod with all types of Christmas albums from Nat King Cole to the more recent Michael Bublé. I start seeing the good in everything around me and I start to feel very thankful (must be due to the sugar from the Christmas cakes and cookies that find their way to my house).
But don’t worry, I’ll get back to my usual grumpy crotchety state as soon as January shows up, I promise.
In the meantime, many thanks to two of my readers, Laura and Giulia (and of course Giulia’s 2-year old daughter, one of the youngest Sinhala learners of the LBSS family) for giving me their suggestions for this post.
But wait, something’s missing here…
Oh yeah, how about some nice seasonal background music to set the mood? I personally hate blogs that auto-load music for you when you visit it. Therefore, I’ll leave it up to you if you want to click the play button while you continue to read this post.
1. Christmas Related Sinhala Words
The Word For CHRISTMAS In Sinhala
1 You might hear some people refer to Christmas in Sinhala as ‘nath∙thal’ but I would argue that this actually is the adjective form of the word Christmas (like when we say “Christmas day”, “Christmas tree”, “Christmas party”, etc.). In English, we don’t make such a distinction. Therefore, my recommendation is ‘nath∙thȧl∙lȧ’.
(I know that “Tis the season for love and peace” but rest assured, I will fight you on the above point…)
Common Christmas Related Sinhala Words
|Christmas Day||nath∙thal dha∙vȧ∙sȧ|
|Christmas Eve||nath∙thal dha∙vȧ∙sȧ∙tȧ is∙sȧ∙rin∙dhaa2|
|Christmas Time/Season||nath∙thal kaa∙lȧ∙yȧ|
|Christmas Tree||nath∙thal ga∙ha3|
|Christmas Decorations||nath∙thal sæ∙rȧ∙si∙li|
|Christmas Party||nath∙thal uth∙sȧ∙vȧ∙yȧ4|
|Christmas Carols/Hymns||nath∙thal gee∙thi∙ka|
|Christmas Wishes||nath∙thal su∙bȧ pæ∙thum|
|Christmas Presents/Gifts||nath∙thal thǣ∙gi|
|Christmas Cake||nath∙thal kḗk|
2 ‘nath∙thal dha∙vȧ∙sȧ∙tȧ’ = “to Christmas day”; ‘is∙sȧ∙rin∙dhaa’ = “previous day” so this just means “The previous day to Christmas day”. There isn’t really a specific term in Sinhala for “Christmas eve” (as far as I know).
3 You can interchange the word ‘ga∙ha’ with ‘ga∙sȧ’; it means the same thing. It’s just that ‘ga∙sȧ’ is used more when writing.
4 It is quite typical to replace the word ‘uth∙sȧ∙vȧ∙yȧ’ with ‘paa∙ti∙yȧ’. Just by the sound of it you can guess that this word comes from the English word “party”. Feel free to use either one.
Santa Claus Related Sinhala Words
|Santa Claus / Father Christmas / Kris Kringle||nath∙thal see∙ya5|
5 You’ll remember from the post Members of the Family in Sinhala, that ‘see∙ya’ meant “grandfather”.
Christianity Related Sinhala Words
|Jesus Christ||jḗ∙sus va∙han∙sé7|
|Infant/Baby Jesus||jḗ∙su bi∙lin∙dha|
6 ‘aa∙gȧ∙mȧ’ = “religion”
7 The best way I can translate the word ‘va∙han∙sé’ would be “lord” or “reverend”. Also note that like in English how one might say “Jesus”, in Sinhala we could say ‘jḗ∙su’.
2. New Year Related Sinhala Words
The Word for NEW YEAR in Sinhala
|New Year||a∙luth auw∙rudh∙dhȧ|
New Year Related Sinhala Words
|New Year’s Eve||dhé∙sæm∙bȧr this ék vé∙ni dhaa8|
|January 1st||ja∙nȧ∙vaa∙ri pa∙lȧ vé∙ni dhaa|
8 There’s no specific Sinhala word for “New Year’s Eve”. Instead we say ‘dhé∙sæm∙bȧr this ék vé∙ni dhaa’ which means “December 31st”.
9 Like in most parts of the globe, fireworks are very common in Sri Lanka during this season. I’ve always been a scaredy cat when it came to fireworks and never lit any. My brother still teases me about it. What can I say, I’m quite fond of my fingers.
3. Christmas & New Year Related Sinhala Phrases
Wishing Someone MERRY CHRISTMAS in Sinhala
|“Merry Christmas!”||su∙bȧ nath∙thȧ∙lak vḗ∙wa!|
|“Merry Christmas to you and your family!”||o∙yaa∙tayi o∙yaa∙gé pauw∙lȧ∙tayi su∙bȧ nath∙thȧ∙lak vḗ∙wa!10|
10 This is a familiar way of wishing someone you know
Wishing Someone HAPPY NEW YEAR in Sinhala
|“Happy New Year!”||su∙bȧ a∙luth auw∙rudh∙dhak vḗ∙wa!|
|“Happy New Year to you and your family!”||o∙yaa∙tayi o∙yaa∙gé pauw∙lȧ∙tayi su∙bȧ a∙luth auw∙rudh∙dhak vḗ∙wa!11|
11 Once again, this how you would wish someone familiar to you
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And that’s it, folks! Hope you liked it. I’ll wrap up this post by simply wishing each and everyone of you: