Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.
Time to Celebrate in Spanish
Birthdays and anniversaries are important in the Spanish speaking culture, and just as you like to wish a happy celebration in English, you want to be able to say it in Spanish. Perhaps you also have Spanish speaking acquaintances who congratulate you on your birthday or anniversary. You'll definitely want to fully understand their positive messages.
Either way, it is time to learn to celebrate in Spanish. You should also celebrate for this new set of words you are going to learn. At the end of the day, language fluency is also about being able to socially interact during special occasions. So, let's begin.
Happy Birthday Phrases
Let's learn the most basic way to congratulate someone on their birthday:
¡Feliz Cumpleaños! (Happy Birthday, pronounced: feh-lees koom-pleh-ahnyos)
If you want to make your birthday greeting different, you can also use these phrases:
Que los cumplas feliz (May you be happy on your birth celebration, pronounced: keh lohs koom-plahs feh-lees)
Muchas felicidades en tu cumpleaños (Many happy moments in your birthday, pronounced: moo-chahs feh-lee-see-dadehs ehn too koom-pleh-ahnyos)
Now, let's learn some words you might need when there's a birthday. However, to use these words you can think about your next birthday and say En mi próximo cumpleaños yo quiero... (On my next birthday, I want...).
- un pastel (a cake, pronounced: oon pahs-tehl)
- un regalo (a gift, pronounced: oon reh-gah-loh)
- una fiesta (a party, pronounced: oonah fee-ehs-tah)
- una tarjeta de cumpleaños (a birthday greeting card, pronounced: oonah tahr-heh-tah deh...)
- flores (flowers, pronounced: floh-rehs)
- soplar las velas (blow the candles, pronounced: soh-plahr lahs veh-lahs)
Have a Party in Spanish
If you want to have a fiesta de cumpleaños (birthday party) and feel like a child again, you will probably need:
- globos (balloons, pronounced: gloh-bohs)
- helado (ice cream, pronounced: eh-lah-doh)
- piñata (pinata, pronounced: pee-nya-tah)
- payaso (clown, pronounced: pah-yah-soh)
- serpentinas (streamers, pronounced: sehr-pehn-tee-nahs)
Happy Anniversary Phrases
To begin, let's learn the most basic way to congratulate someone on their anniversary:
¡Feliz Aniversario! (Happy Anniversary, pronounced: feh-lees ah-nee-behr-sah-reeoh)
You can use the phrase above to congratulate someone on their work, wedding, or any other date they are happy to commemorate. To specify 'Happy Wedding Anniversary,' you say:
¡Feliz Aniversario de bodas! (pronounced: feh-lees ah-nee-behr-sah-reeoh deh boh-dahs)
Here are the big ones when it comes to wedding anniversaries:
¡Felices bodas de plata! (Happy Silver Anniversary, pronounced: feh-lee-sehs boh-dahs deh plah-tah). This is for 25 years.
¡Felices bodas de oro! (Happy Golden Anniversary, pronounced: feh-lee-sehs boh-dahs deh oh-roh). This is for 50 years.
¡Felices bodas de diamante! (Happy Diamond Anniversary, pronounced: feh-lee-sehs boh-dahs deh dee-ah-mahn-teh). This is for 60 years.
Now, let's learn some more words you may need when there's an anniversary:
- fiesta de aniversario (anniversary party)
- tarjeta de aniversario (anniversary greeting card)
- la pareja (the couple, pronounced: lah pah-reh-hah)
- los recuerdos (the memories, pronounced: lohs reh-koo-ehr-dohs)
- los invitados (the guests, pronounced: lohs een-bee-tah-dohs)
- la foto del recuerdo (the photo to commemorate the occasion, pronounced: lah foh-toh dehl reh-koo-ehr-doh)
- el brindis (the toast, pronounced: ehl breen-dees)
- el discurso (the speech, pronounced: ehl dees-koor-soh)
Wishing for Many More to Celebrate
Finally, whether it is a birthday or anniversary occasion, it is always nice to wish a person or couple for many more years to celebrate. So, to say this, the phrases are:
Que cumplas muchos años más (wishing for more birthdays)
Que cumplan muchos años más juntos (wishing for many more years together)
You now know how to express birthday and anniversary greetings with the most basic expressions (Feliz cumpleaños and Feliz aniversario). Also, you know a few words you may want to use or hear in each context. The best part of these special occasions, however, is to be able to wish someone they can celebrate many more. All of these expressions give you the chance to socially interact in Spanish, raising your fluency level.
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