Wish Your Loved Ones Happy Birthday in Spanish
Nothing is more remarkable than wishing your loved one’s happy birthday in Spanish!
When the time comes to celebrate our closest friends or family, we always want to please them with a different and innovative celebration full of surprises.
And we are sure that when it’s the birthday of a Spanish-speaking friend, you want to feel closer, wishing them congratulations in their mother tongue.
In this article, we want to give you a complete guide on how to say congratulations in Spanish with that special touch or to be closer to your Spanish-speaking friends.
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Basic Birthday Vocabulary in Spanish
Let’s start with the most important thing, the essential vocabulary you need to know in Spanish to understand the context of the celebration or the sentences.
Some words may vary depending on the region or country, but generally, these are the most used.
|¡Feliz cumpleaños!||Happy birthday!|
|Fiesta de cumpleaños||Birthday party|
|Tarjeta de felicitación||Greeting card|
|Cumplir años||Have a birthday|
|Soplar las velas||Blow the candles|
|Cantar el cumpleaños feliz||Sing happy birthday|
|Recibir los regalos||Receive presents|
|Abrir los regalos||Open presents|
|Pedir un deseo||Make a wish|
|Papel de regalo||Wrapping paper|
|Regalar||Give a gift|
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Spanish Phrases for Wishing Someone a Happy Birthday
A birthday celebration is one of the experiences that most people look forward to each year.
Undoubtedly, you will always have the opportunity to congratulate and celebrate another year of life with people.
So, we have also selected ready-to-use phrases and expressions common in these festivities to congratulate someone.
Even if you don’t know what to write in a birthday card or which happy birthday text to send your friend, here are some sentences to inspire you to use at your next celebration.
|Te deseo lo mejor en tu cumpleaños||I wish you the best on your birthday|
|¡Que cumplas muchos más!||May you have many more!|
|Que tengas un día muy especial||Have a very special day|
|Feliz cumpleaños, mi amor||Happy birthday my love|
|Otra vuelta al sol. ¡Feliz cumpleaños!||Another year around the sun. Happy Birthday!|
|¡Te deseo un feliz cumpleaños!||Wishing you a very happy birthday!|
|Mis mejores deseos en tu cumpleaños||Best birthday wishes to you!|
|Espero que todos tus deseos de cumpleaños se cumplan||Hope all your birthday wishes come true|
|¡Feliz cumpleaños! Espero que disfrutes tu día||Happy birthday! Hope you enjoy your day|
|Te deseo lo mejor||Wish you all the best|
|¡Que tu día esté lleno de risas!||May your birthday be filled with laughter!|
|Te deseo muchas más velitas para soplar||Wishing you many more candles to blow|
|¡Feliz cumpleaños! Recuerda que la edad es solamente un número||Happy birthday! Remember that age is just a number.|
|No cuentes las velas, solo disfruta su brillo. ¡Que tengas un gran cumpleaños!||Don’t count the candles, just enjoy the glow. Have a great birthday!|
|¡Feliz cumpleaños atrasado!||Belated happy birthday!|
Incorporating Birthday-Related Vocabulary in Spanish
When you think of celebrations and birthdays, there will always be a specific vocabulary that you must manage to communicate better.
Here we share some Spanish terms that will help you speak with the host or guests at a birthday party.
|el letrero de cumpleaños||birthday banner|
|el papel de colores||colored paper|
|el confeti / papel picado||confetti|
|el centro de mesa||table centerpiece|
And these are some examples of how to use them in complete sentences:
¿Sabes donde venden piñatas? Necesito comprar una para el cumpleaños de mi hijo.
Do you know where they sell piñatas? I need to buy one for my son’s birthday.
¿Quieres candelas normales o las que tienen forma de números?
Do you want regular candles or the ones that are shaped like numbers?
Cada mesa tendrá 10 sillas.
Each table will have 10 chairs.
Here we share another series of words used to talk about food or what objects you find in a celebration.
|el pastel de cumpleaños||birthday cake|
|el helado||ice cream|
|las notas de agradecimiento||thank you notes|
This is how you can use some of them:
Después de la fiesta de cumpleaños, puedes enviarles notas de agradecimiento a los invitados por haberte acompañado en tu día especial.
After the birthday party, you can send thank you notes to the guests for joining you on your special day.
La comida del cumpleaños estuvo excelente.
The birthday meal was excellent.
Los meseros están sirviendo las bebidas.
The waiters are serving the beverages.
Fun Ways to Celebrate Birthdays in Spanish
Give a different touch to the birthday celebrations of your children, family, and friends by doing some Latin American activity or tradition.
Latinos are notorious for loving parties, and they also enjoy dancing, singing and are happy to join every celebration they can. Birthdays are not the exception.
The whole family gets together to make a carne asada, cook the favorite dish of the celebrated one, cut the cake, play games, sing karaoke, and many more.
For example, on birthdays in Mexico, children often break the piñata that’s filled with candies, sweets, toys, fruit, and other things.
Over time this was not limited only to children; now adults also break their piñata.
This tradition also spread throughout Central America, where the piñatas are shaped like famous characters from movies or cartoons.
Also, the happy birthday song sung by Mariachis is a must! Mariachis are a group of musicians dressed in traditional suits and sombreros.
In the Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries, girls celebrate “Los Quince.”
This celebration symbolizes the transition to womanhood, an ancient tradition that has evolved over the decades.
La fiesta de quince años (the fifteenth birthday party) is a big deal! America’s equivalent is the sweet sixteen parties.
For los quinces girls wear a very striking gala dress, and, in some cases, several outfit changes are chosen for the evening.
A mass is held in honor of the quinceañera, and then all the guests gather in a grand celebration where the birthday girl waltzes with her father. Then people make a toast, and then they eat and dance throughout the night.
You and your family can learn to sing the birthday song in Spanish for birthdays at home. People in Latin American often sing both the English and Spanish version.
The curious thing is there are many happy birthday songs in Spanish!
Here are two you have undoubtedly heard that are very easy to learn.
te deseamos a ti
Que los cumplas en tu día
Que los cumplas feliz
We wish you a happy birthday
That your wishes come true on your day
That you have a happy one
Las Mañanitas is mainly sung in Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, and Guatemala, and it has a lovely melody and lyrics.
Estas son las mañanitas
Que cantaba el rey David
Hoy por ser día de tu santo
Te las cantamos aquí
Despierta, mi bien, despierta
Mira que ya amaneció
Ya los pajaritos cantan
La luna ya se metió
Qué linda está la mañana
En que vengo a saludarte
Venimos todos con gusto
Y placer a felicitarte
El día en que tú naciste
Nacieron todas las flores
En la pila del bautismo
Cantaron los ruiseñores
Ya viene amaneciendo
Ya la luz del día nos dio
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció
Si yo pudiera bajarte, las estrellas y un lucero
Para poder demostrarte lo mucho que yo te quiero
Con jazmines y flores este día quiero adornar
Hoy por ser día de tu santo
e venimos a cantar.
This is the morning song
that King David sang
Because today is your saint’s day
we’re singing it for you
Wake up, my dear, wake up,
look it is already dawn
The birds are already singing
and the moon has set
How lovely is the morning
in which I come to greet you
We all came here with joy
and pleasure to congratulate you.
The day you were born
all the flowers were born
On the baptismal fountain nightingales sang
The morning is coming now,
the sun is giving us its light
Get up in the morning,
look it is already dawn
If I could bring you down, the stars and a bright star
To be able to show you how much I love you
With jasmine and flowers this day I want to adorn
Today to be your saint’s day
We come to sing to you.
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Celebrate Birthdays and Keep Practicing Your Spanish
Birthday celebrations are always an exceptional opportunity to share with your closest friends and dearest family.
If you learn the vocabulary of this type of celebration, you will surely get closer to your Spanish-speaking friends and create deeper connections.
By mastering this vocabulary perfectly, you will climb one more step in the Spanish ladder, and you will feel closer to your goal.
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