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January 6th, 2005

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07:38 am - OK, that's weird....
A while back roseblessing said to me, "Shub Naya Baras," and later complained that I didn't ask what it meant. So today, having little to do at work and feeling a bit sleepy and so needing something to do to keep me awake, I did a quick Google search for it. Turns out it is the equivalent of "Merry Christmas" in Hindi. Cool!

What's weird is that many of the sites I found list similar sayings in other languages and the one that predominately precedes Hindi is Hebrew. Now, why would one need to say "Merry Christmas" in Hebrew? (Which is, apparently, "Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova.")
Current Mood: weirdboggled

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Date:January 6th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
You seem to be assuming that no Hebrew speakers are Christian? I'm fairly certain such an assumption would be false.

According to the CIA World Fact Book, the religious breakdown of the Israeli population is Jewish 80.1%, Muslim 14.6% (mostly Sunni Muslim), Christian 2.1%, other 3.2% (1996 est.) I would assume those 2.1% Christian speak Hebrew as at least a second language, and they and their friends would have reason to say Merry Christmas to each other.
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Date:January 7th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
There is that, I suppose. It just seems weird.
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Date:January 6th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
Happy weird New year to ya!

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