Congratulations in Spanish. It is well known that in Mexico we like parties, that Mexicans are people who have a lot of fun, that if we can we organize a party, and that while we are at the party we have a great time!
But something we like about the holidays is that we can wish each other good wishes, that we can tell the genet how much we appreciate them and how much fun we have because of it.
Congratulating someone, congratulations in Spanish is an opportunity to celebrate and to tell someone how much fun we had with this person, to tell them that we wish them the best. And now in these dates of December we can do both things, both celebrate, make parties all the time as well as wish good wishes to most of the people we meet even on the street.
In this blog congratulations in Spanish I will share with you from a good wish on the street, to congratulate someone for a specific achievement, their birthday and obviously how to congratulate someone in this new year and the holidays in January. By the way, “Feliz Navidad” Merry Christmas and “Feliz año nuevo!” Happy new year!
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1. Posadas, Navidad (Christmas), Año nuevo (New Year's Eve) & Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day)
In Mexico the celebrations of December and January begin with December 12, the day of the Virgin Mary, no matter if you are not Catholic, you can start here to celebrate and celebrate, then come the posadas, which are “Christmas” parties where we sing, drink, break piñatas and basically have a good time, during the posadas we take the opportunity to see friends and family that we may not see until next year so it is a good time to use the congratulations in Spanish as:
“TE deseo lo mejor” (Wish you the best)
“Pásala muy bien” (have a great time)
“Que tengas un excelente año” (Have a great year)
In all cases of congratulations don’t forget to give a hug before or after and look the person in the eyes, we like that! But also be prepared to receive a hug sometimes a little more intense than you expected.
Finally Día de Reyes Magos (Three Kings), on January 6th we celebrate again and we eat “rosca de reyes”, and although we do not celebrate or celebrate someone, you can hear things like: “te salió el muñeco” (you got the doll) “te tocan los tamales” (you must bring tamales) etcetera, and well you will have to celebrate again on February 2nd with some delicious tamales! In another blog I will explain exactly what the tradition is.
2. Congratulations in spanish
Basically what we do as anywhere in the world is to wish the best to the other person, make sure that by saying it the other person will know that we love him/her and that we are interested in making him/her feel good, so the most usual word is “FELIZ”; then you add the situation you are in and it will work perfectly, for example:
FELICIDADES. CONGRATULATIONS (this one doesn’t need you to add anything else).
FELIZ + cumpleaños HAPPY + birthday
FELIZ + día. HAPPY + day (on a specific day, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, etc.)
FELIZ + navidad HAPPY + Christmas
FELIZ + no cumpleaños HAPPY + unbirthday (just to celebrate)
FELIZ aniversario HAPPY anniversary
3. Something more than happiness
So congratulations in Spanish is pretty easy, but obviously we have some expressions that are also useful in these moments and that maybe are not so obvious until you know them, let’s take some examples:
Que te vaya chido! (have a great time)
Que te vaya cool en tu viaje! (have a nice trip)
Que seas feliz! (Be happy!)
Rómpela! (lit. break it!) (very informal)
Pásala de poca madre! (Have a great time (among friends)!)
Lo mejor! (All the best!)
Muchos días de estos ! (Many more of these days! (very formal))
Dónde la fiesta! Where’s the party! (which is a question but serves to let the other person know that we know that something good has happened to you!)
Me alegro por ti! I’m happy for you! (formal and not formal)
As you could see, in congratulations in spanish the most important thing is that you can celebrate and make the other person feel good, that the other person knows that you love or esteem him/her and that you share or wish him/her happiness.
But remember that a congratulations without a celebration is only half of it, we need to at least toast and have a good time, so to toast you surely already know the traditional: SALUD!
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate you for this year that passed 2022 and wish you the best for next year, all the people here at speak like a mexican are happy to meet every day new people who want to learn Spanish and especially Mexican Spanish, so we hope to meet you soon or send us a picture and we will meet you wherever you are. FELICIDADES y un abrazo! CONGRATULATIONS and a hug!