Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Names for Santa Claus Around the World
Santa Claus, a jolly fat old man with a white beard and a red suit, is a legendary bearer of gifts to children at Christmas eve (December 24) around the world. He is well known by many other names such as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Santa, Santy and Kris Kringle. Santa Claus being the personification of the spirit of Christmas is a well known gift giving figure in various cultures around the world and as such, there are different names that he is also known by in different locations or countries in the world.
A variety of names like those mentioned above are used in different languages to represent his name. Needless to say they all refer to the same Santa Claus that we know about today.
With the festive season of Christmas upon us once again, I was asked by a reader to give the different names Santa Claus is called around the world. The list provided below is by no means comprehensive but nevertheless you should become aware of some of the names Santa goes by. So, here is a short list of some names by which Santa Claus is called in some countries.
||Names for Santa Claus|
Gaghant Baba *
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Viejo Pascuero ("Old Man Christmas")
Dun Che Lao Ren ("Christmas Old Man")
Weihnachtsmann ("Christmas Man" or
Mikulas (St. Nicholas)
Daidí na Nollaig*
Babbo Natale *
Hoteiosho (a god or priest who
Papá Noel* (Spanish-speaking)
Julenissen ("Christmas gnome")
Swiety Mikolaj (St. Nicholas)
Ded Moroz ("Grandfather Frost")
Daidaín na Nollaig*
Jultomten ("Christmas brownie")
* - Father Christmas
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