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Read on to learn all the ways to say “Happy Birthday” in Spanish, and Felicitaciones – this can be translated as greetings, but also congratulations, like felicidades. (The boy had his birthday surrounded by his best friends.).

Spanish congratulations

Are you looking for beautiful words how to say congratulations and best wishes in spanish? If your friend celebrates a birthday or wedding, has a new baby born, received a promotion at work, here you'll find a lot of spanish phrases with translation into english to wish them a lot of happiness! Everyone likes to receive a lovely message or email on a special day!

Congratulations greetings in Spanish

In english:
Congratulations (greetings)
Translation to spanish:
Felicidades (more formal on special occasions);
Enhorabuena! (for achievements like exams or newborn).
I wish you the best!
Te deseo lo major!
Congratulations on your wedding day!
¡Felicidades en el día de su boda!
We hope you have a great day with all your friends and family.
Esperamos que pases un día muy feliz en compañía de amigos y familiares.
Congratulations on your engagement!
¡Congratulaciones en tu compromiso!
Congratulations! I am glad to hear that you are having a baby boy.
¡Felicidades! Me alegra saber que vas a tener un niño.
With all my heart.
Con todo mi corazón.
Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage.
Felicitaciones por tu próximo matrimonio.
Happy Birthday!
Feliz cumpleaños!
I wish you all the best for your birthday!.
¡Te deseo lo mejor en el día de tu cumpleaños!
Well Done!
¡Pozo Hecho!

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With love from...
Con amor de...
Congrats! Enjoy your new home.
Felicidades! Que disfrutes de tu nueva casa.
I wish you the best of luck and every success.
Te deseo la mejor de las suertes y mucho éxito.
Kisses and hugs.
Besos y abrazos.
Much happiness!
Muchas felicidades!
I wish you good luck, lot of happiness, all your wishes come true.
Te deseo que tengas suerte, felicidad, y que se cumplan todos tus deseos.
On your retirement!
¡En tu retiro!
Have a nice day!
Que pases un buen dia!
Congratulations on your promotion!
¡Congratulaciones en tu promoción!
May your dreams become reality.
Que tus sueños se conviertan en realidad.
May each day be as special as today.
Que cada dia sea tan especial como hoy.
We would like to send you our congratulations.
Quisiéramos enviar nuestras felicitaciones.
We all send our love.
Te enviamos nuestro amor.
I wish you a day as beautiful as a rainbow!
¡Te deseo un día tan hermoso como el arco iris!

Other greetings in Spanish

Even more sayings in Spanish for a happy birthday.

Make sure you learn these Spanish expressions and use them on anyone and You can also use these words to call the attention of a friend, as in “Tío/tía.

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congratulations my friend in spanish

So that special day is coming up for that Spanish speaker you love, and you’re not quite sure of the best way to wish them a special day? Or is it that you will need to navigate having your birthday in a Spanish-speaking environment for the first time this year? Never fear, Clozemaster is here to help!

Here you will find all the ways to say “happy brthday” in Spanish, what else you can say to make someone’s birthday extra special, and what to expect from native Spanish speakers when it’s your birthday!

Ways to say “happy birthday” in Spanish

  • Feliz cumpleaños – this is the literal translation of “happy birthday” in Spanish.
  • Feliz cumplecumple is a more colloquial way of saying birthday and is widely used in the Spanish-speaking world. So if you’re aiming to say “happy birthday” in Spanish in a more informal and friendly way, feel free to use this instead.
  • Felicidadesfelicidades literally means congratulations, but is widely used as a substitute for “feliz cumpleaños”. It is a more emphatic and emotional way to say “happy birthday” in Spanish.
  • Felicitaciones – this can be translated as greetings, but also congratulations, like felicidades. However, this is slightly more nuanced and formal, so it is less commonly heard than the other three greetings.

The most common way to wish someone a happy birthday in Spanish is felicidades.

How to pronounce “happy birthday” in Spanish

Click the play button next to each phrase to hear its pronunciation:

The word cumpleaños

The world cumpleaños is a compound word in Spanish, just as is the English word birthday. However, when we break them down in the most literal sense, the two words are not the same.

The Spanish word cumpleaños is made up of the words cumple and años. Cumple is a form of the verb cumplir, for which the closest English translation is to turn as in, “I’m turning 24 this year”. Años means years. So literally, we have “turns years”. Doesn’t sound great in English, but in Spanish it makes perfect sense.

So, cumpleaños has a very commonly used verb form: cumplir años. Cumplir can be treated as a regular -ir verb, and conjugated as necessary. This is a very diverse expression and can be translated in a variety of ways.

It can mean “to have a birthday”

Cumplir años can be translated as “to have a birthday”. In these circumstances, it is used in the same way as its English counterpart. For example:

  • El niño cumplió años rodeado de sus mejores amigos. (The boy had his birthday surrounded by his best friends.)
  • Mi madre siempre se siente ansiosa al cumplir años. (My mother always feels anxious when she has a birthday.)

It can replace the noun cumpleaños

Cumplir años is also often used where we would use the English “birthday” as a noun. Note that the noun cumpleaños could also be used in these sentences if you wanted a more literal translation of the English, but using cumplir años is just as common.

  • Cumplo años el 30 de abril. (My birthday is the 30th of April.)
  • Mi papá cumple años el sábado. (My Dad’s birthday is on Saturday.)

It can mean “to turn” an age

You can also add the age in between cumplir and años to express the meaning “turn X age”. In more informal Spanish, you can drop the años.

  • Ella va a cumplir 30 años mañana. (She will turn 30 tomorrow.)
  • Cuando cumpla 18, por fin voy a poder salir con mis amigos. (When I turn 18, I’ll finally be able to go out with my friends.)

Well wishes

Spanish speakers are generally very fond of expressing as much love and happiness with their language as they can. So along with saying “happy birthday”, it is very, very common in Spanish to add some well wishes or special messages to show how much you really do wish the person to have a happy birthday.

Important grammar note

You might notice that absolutely all of the well wishes below are formed using the present subjunctive tense. Check out this guide to Spanish subjunctive from Spanish Obsessed if you’d like to learn more about what this means. Essentially, these expressions show one of the main uses of the subjunctive, which is to express desire (deseo) or hope (esperanza).

As you can see, the general formula for these birthday expressions is que (that) + subjunctive verb + predicate.

As this structure isn’t used in English, these expressions might be a bit confusing to you. A simple way to think of them is as if this que is equivalent of the English “may”, which, in this context, it is. The idea is that giver of the well-wishing is unspecified. If it’s still confusing to you, you could also add espero (I hope) before the que which would give essentially the same meaning, but then there is more emphasis on the giver of the message.

In any case, for those phrases below which might be a bit harder to decipher, I have added a literal translation under the meaning.

All of the following are very commonly heard on someone’s birthday in the Spanish-speaking world:

  • “¡Que lo pases bien!”
    Meaning: Have a good birthday!
    Literal translation: May you spend it well!
  • “¡Que tengas un dia especial!”
    Meaning: Have a special day!
  • “¡Que disfrutes tu dia!”
    Meaning: Enjoy your day!
  • “¡Que cumplas todos tus sueños!”
    Meaning: Hope your dreams come true!
    Literal translation: May you realise your dreams!
  • “¡Que cumplas muchos más!”
    Meaning: Hope you have many more birthdays!
    Literal translation: May you turn many more!

If those expressions are not enough…

Maybe you’ve got someone extra special in mind and you really want to send them a beautiful, heartfelt birthday message in Spanish. But you don’t trust your ability to sound sweet and articulate in Spanish.

Here’s a cool website where you can find a bunch of different birthday messages. You can be sure the message will be appropriate because they are categorized according to your relationship to the person!

Spanish questions you might be asked around your birthday time

Is it you who will be the birthday boy or girl and you want to know how to deal in the Spanish-speaking world around this time of year?

In response to “happy birthday” in Spanish, a simple “gracias” will usually suffice. You might be asked some other questions around the time of your birthday, so here’s how to deal with those conversations.

  • ¿Cuántos años vas a cumplir?
  • Meaning: How old are you turning?
    Response:Voy a cumplir X años. (I’m turning X.)
    OR:No me gusta decir mi edad. (I don’t like to say my age.)
  • ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?
  • Meaning: When is your birthday?
    Response:Mi cumpleaños es el X(number) de Y(month) (My birthday is the X of Y.)
  • ¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños?
  • Meaning: What do you want for your birthday?
    Response:No necesito nada, pero muchísimas gracias. (I don’t need anything, but thank you so much.)
    OR:Me puedes regalar… (Can you get me…)
  • ¿Qué vas a hacer para/en tu cumpleaños?
  • Meaning: What are you going to do for/on your birthday?
    Response:Voy a… (I’m going to…)
    OR:No tengo planes. (I don’t have plans.)

Birthday traditions in Spanish

When it comes to birthdays, the culture in Spanish-speaking countries is quite similar to English-speaking countries. By this I mean parties, cake and presents are all commonplace. In saying that, there are some regional traditions which vary country by country.

In Latin American countries, girls have a big birthday party and celebration when they turn 15 – it is sort of traditionally regarded as becoming a woman. This party is known as the quinciañera. For guys, the bigger celebration happens at the age of 18.

“Happy birthday” song in Spanish

The Spanish-speaking world is so diverse and vibrant that there is no one universal “happy birthday” song in Spanish. Instead, most countries have different variations of the song. At least they all seem to follow the same “happy birthday” tune we know and love – so if in doubt, you can just hum along!

In saying that (just to make things even more complicated), a lot of countries have their own traditional song as well as the more well-known tune.

Quick note:Cumpleaños feliz or feliz cumpleaños?

Some people get confused and think the correct way to say “happy birthday” in Spanish is cumpleaños feliz because that’s how it’s sung in the song. In fact, cumpleaños feliz is just a poetic version of the standard feliz cumpleaños. It’s probably been worded the other way around in the song because it fits better into the tune.

So in short, you wouldn’t just say cumpleaños feliz to a friend casually.

Below is the Spanish “happy birthday” song I am familiar with from spending time with Colombians. Lyrics for most Spanish-speaking nations’ versions for the song can be found here.

But for now, read the lyrics of this version and see if you can understand the meaning. The translation is provided to the right.

Cumpleaños feliz
te deseamos a ti
cumpleaños (name)
cumpleaños felizQue los cumpla feliz
Que los vuelva a cumplir
Que los siga cumpliendo
Hasta el año 3 mil.
Happy birthday
We wish you
Birthday (name)
Happy birthdayMay you have a happy birthday
May you have more birthdays
May you keep having birthdays
Until the year 3000.



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      Read on to learn all the ways to say “Happy Birthday” in Spanish, and Felicitaciones – this can be translated as greetings, but also congratulations, like felicidades. (The boy had his birthday surrounded by his best friends.).

      Greetings and Farewells

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      Spanish is one of the world’s most widely-spoken languages and Castilian (the version spoken in Spain) charms expats and tourists as quickly as the country’s narrow cobblestoned streets and tasty tapas. Thinking about going to Spain? Make sure you learn these Spanish expressions and use them on anyone and everyone who’ll listen – it’ll impress the locals and ensure that you’ll have a much easier time making friends and fitting in.

      1. ¡Qué guay!

      How do you say it? “Gwai”

      What does it mean and how is it used? It means cool, awesome or great. Young people pepper their conversations with this adjective, responding to their friends’ stories with a chorus of ¡Qué guay! (“How cool!”)

      2. Vale

      How do you say it? “Bale” (the V turns into a B)

      What does it mean and how is it used? Very much a part of the Spaniards’ vocabulary, meaning OK, alright, sounds good, I understand or no problem. It comes from the verb valer (to be worth, as in ¿cuánto vale? – How much is it?) but means so much more. It’s used as a way of agreeing or affirming what someone has said. (“We’re meeting at 11am tomorrow, vale?” or “Call me later to organize that.” Vale, I’ll call you.) After a while in Spain you’ll notice that people tend to use it twice in reply (vale, vale) which is endearing!

      3. Hombre

      How do you say it?“Ombre” (the H is silent)

      What does it mean and how is it used? It literally means “man”, and is also used to affirm or strengthen what you’re saying; typically to mean no, yes/of course, to greet or to plead. You’ll hear:

      No – “Do you like your boss?” Qué va, hombre, para nada. (No way, not at all.)

      Yes/Of course – ¡Claro que sí, hombre! (Of course, or definitely)

      Greeting – ¡Hombre! Cómo estás? (Hey man! How are you?)

      Pleading – ¡Vamos, hombre, por favor! (Aww, come on man, please.)

      As a bonus, this isn’t too strange-sounding to English speakers, because English “man” can be used in much the same way.

      4. Tío/Tía

      How do you say it?Tio/Tia”

      What does it mean and how is it used? While these literally mean “uncle,” and “aunt,” they’re also used informally to generally refer to another person. In the same way English speakers use “dude” or “guy” (“Look at those guys over there!” or “Who said that?” “I don’t know, just some dude.”) Spaniards use tío or tía. You can also use these words to call the attention of a friend, as in “Tío/tía, come here!”)

      5. ¿Cómo vas?

      How do you say it? “Como bas” (Same thing here – the V is pronounced as a B)

      What does it mean and how is it used? Spaniards are a friendly bunch, quick to start up a conversation and armed with several ways to ask the classic “How are you?”. These greetings are used casually all day – in small talk, such as when meeting friends, with well-known colleagues, chatting with a clerk at the store – so it’s great to know them. Many visitors will quickly learn ¿Qué tal? and our fifth expression is another to add to your small talk toolbox: ¿Cómo vas?, literally meaning “How are you going?”

      6. Puente

      How do you say it? “Puente”

      What does it mean and how is it used?Every employee’s favorite – and a stereotype of life in Spain – is the puente, or three-day weekend. Often due to a saint’s feast day, these “bridges”, become the best Mondays and Fridays of the year!

      7. Guiri

      How do you say it? “Giri”

      What does it mean and how is it used?Anyone wanting to blend in in Spain has done their research on how not to look like a guiri. Guiris, pronounced “giri”, are (very obvious) foreigners usually hailing from English-speaking countries or central and northern Europe. The Spanish will call you out as a guiri for being generally non-Spanish: eating dinner or going out for evening drinks far too early; brandishing extra large maps and cameras on city corners; talking really loudly at monuments or while out sightseeing; wearing denim shorts with flip flops year round; and only ordering sangria.

      8. Buenas

      How do you say it? “Buenas”

      What does it mean and how is it used? Start your sunny Spanish morning off with a cheerful Buenos días, continue with buenas tardes in the evening and end with buenas noches when it’s time to say goodbye or good night. Or, just stick to the sweet and simple “Buenas!” to say hello at any time of the day. You’ll receive a chipper “Buenas!” in return and can move on to more important considerations – like how much tortilla and patatasbravas are you going to order for lunch?

      9. ¡Venga ya!

      How do you say it? “Benga ya” (Again, the V is pronounced as a B)

      What does it mean and how is it used?This is another very commonly-used expression in Spain and earns you extra points for stepping outside the usual list of expressions commonly learned by visitors. ¡Venga ya! (or sometimes simply ¡Venga!) is a way of expressing surprise or disbelief. Just like “no way,” “come on!” or “come off it!” in English, it’s used when you are shocked. (For example, if you learned that your friend had ordered 15 tortillas and ten plates of patatasbravas – then proceeded to eat it all.)

      10. Pasta

      How do you say it?Pasta” (just like your favorite grub!)

      What does it mean and how is it used?Money, money, money. Or, pasta, pasta, pasta if you’re in Spain. That’s right – rather than a call out to the Italians across the sea, in Spain pasta means money. Whether in coins, notes, cards, pesetas or Euros, whether you have it or not, it’s all pasta to the Spanish.

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