Chapter 23: The Yule Ball

Simplified Chinese (Mandarin: China)
Shèngdàn wǔhuì
圣诞shèngdàn = 'Christmas'.
舞会 wǔhuì = 'dance party' = 'ball'.
The Christmas Ball
Traditional Chinese (Mandarin: Taiwan)
Yēdàn wǔhuì
耶誕 yēdàn = 'Jesus birth'.
舞會 wǔhuì = 'dance party' = 'ball'.
The Christmas Ball
Kurisumasu dansupāti
クリスマス Kurisumasu = 'Christmas' (from English).
ダンスパーティ dansupāti = 'dance party' = 'dance, ball'.
The Christmas Ball
크리스마스 무도회
Keuliseumaseu mudo-hoe
크리스마스 Keuliseumaseu = 'Christmas' (from English).
무도회 (舞蹈會) mudo-hoe = 'prom, ball'.
The Christmas Ball
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Dạ vũ Giáng sinh dạ vũ (夜舞) = 'evening dance' = 'dance, ball'.
Giáng sinh (降生) = 'Christmas'.
The Christmas Ball
Mongolian (new)
Бүжигт үдэшлэг
Büjigt üdeshleg
бүжиг büjig = 'dance'.
-t = 'with, having'.
үдэшлэг üdeshleg = 'party'.
The Dance Party

The chapter title refers to the ball held during the Triwizard Championships to which Viktor Krum invited Hermione.

How is 'Yule' translated?

'Yule' is an old-fashioned word for Christmas in English. Christmas may also be described as 'the nativity', but this is not a word in ordinary everyday use.

Christmas is so widely known around the world that it has established names in many languages. Most have native terms, but in some languages these are very formal terms that have been replaced by words borrowed directly from Western languages. While alternative names may exist for Christmas, these don't necessarily reflect the peculiarly archaic feeling of 'Yule' in English.

How is 'ball' translated?

A 'ball' is a formal gathering where people dance. In a high-school context it is often known as a 'prom' in English. The formal ball is very much a Western institution which has been adopted into Eastern cultures with varying degrees of success.

(Detailed notes on the chapter can be found at Harry Potter Lexicon)

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