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¡Feliz Cumpleaños! Celebrate Birthdays in Spanish with Songs, Phrases and More!

Celebrating birthdays is just as important in Spanish culture as it is in English!

This post is going to teach you everything you need to know so that you can shine with your command of the Spanish language in a birthday situation.

Let’s have a look at how we say “happy birthday” in Spanish and everything else that goes with it!

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How to Say Happy Birthday in Spanish

Here are the two most basic phrases you can use to wish someone a happy birthday:

¡Feliz cumpleaños! (Happy birthday!)

This is the most common way of wishing someone a happy birthday.

¡Feliz cumple! (Happy birthday!)

Cumple is the short version of cumpleaños. This is also very commonly used, although it’s more informal than the first one.

Notice that both phrases contain some form of the verb cumplir (to fulfill) + años. This translates literally to “to complete years.” So when you wish someone feliz cumpleaños, you are wishing them a “happy completion of this year!”

Basic Birthday Vocabulary

Birthday Words

EnglishSpanishEnglish
Birthday partyLa fiesta de cumpleaños
Me ha invitado a su fiesta de cumpleaños.
(He has invited me to his birthday party.)
WishesLos deseos
Que se cumplan todos tus deseos.
(May all your wishes come true.)
BalloonEl globo
Tenemos que comprar más globos.
(We need to buy more balloons.)
CakeEl pastel/la tarta/la torta.
Me encanta este pastel de chocolate.
(I love this chocolate cake)
GiftsLos regalos/Los presentes
Ella recibió muchos regalos.
(She got a lot of presents.)
ConfettiEl confeti
¿Has traído el confeti?
(Have you bought the confetti?)
To celebratecelebrar
Vamos a celebrar el viernes.
(We are going to celebrate on Friday.)
To give a presentDar un regalo
¿Le has dado el regalo a Pablo ya?
(Have you given the present to Pablo yet?)
Birthday songLa canción de cumpleaños
Esta es mi canción de cumpleaños favorita.
(This is my favorite birthday song.)
PiñataLa piñata
En la fiesta de cumpleaños de María había una piñata.
(There was a piñata at Maria's birthday party.)
GuestsLos invatados
Hay al menos 50 invitados.
(There are at least 50 guests.)
Surprise partyLa fiesta sorpresa
Le va a encantar la fiesta sorpresa.
(He's going to love the surprise party.)
To make a wishPedir un deseo
¡Pide un deseo!
(Make a wish!)
CandlesLas velas
¿Cuántas velas hay?
(How many candles are there?)

Birthday Phrases 

EnglishSpanish
Congratulations!¡Felicidades/Felicitaciones!
How old are you turning?¿Cuántos años cumples?
When is your birthday?¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?
What do you want for your birthday?¿Qué quieres para tu cumpleaños?
What are you going to do for your birthday?¿Qué vas a hacer por tu cumpleaños?
May you celebrate many more birthdays!¡Que cumplas muchos más!
May you have a good day!Que tengas un feliz/lindo día.
Enjoy your day.Disfruta de tu día.
May all your dreams/wishes come true!¡Que se cumplan todos tus sueños/deseos!
Have a good time!¡Pásalo/la muy bien!

Birthday Songs

It’s rather common in many cultures to celebrate a birthday with a song. In Spanish, there are multiple birthday songs that you can choose from!

“Cumpleaños Feliz” (Happy Birthday to You) 

We have, of course, the traditional “Happy Birthday to You” song (“Cumpleaños Feliz” song), which is very popular in Spain:

¡Cumpleaños feliz! (Happy birthday!)

¡Cumpleaños feliz! (Happy birthday!)

Te deseamos todos, (We all wish you,)

¡Cumpleaños feliz! (Happy birthday!)

And this variant of the same song:

¡Cumpleaños feliz! (Happy birthday!)

¡Te deseamos a ti! (We wish to you!)

¡Que los cumplas en tu día! (May you celebrate on your day!)

¡Que los cumplas feliz! (May you celebrate happily!)

“Feliz, Feliz En Tu Día” (Happy, Happy in Your Day)

This song was made very popular by Spain’s favorite clowns Gaby, Miliki and Fofito:

¡Feliz, feliz en tu día! (Happy, happy in your day!)

¡Amiguito, que Dios te bendiga! (Little friend, may God bless you!)

Que reine la paz en tu día, (May peace rule your day,)

¡Y que cumplas muchos más! (And may you celebrate many more [birthdays]!)

“Las Mañanitas” (The Little Mornings)

This is a very popular song mainly sung in Mexico:

Estas son las mañanitas (These are the morning serenades)

Que cantaba el rey David. (that King David used to sing.)

Hoy, por ser tu cumpleaños, (Today, since it’s your birthday,)

Te las cantamos a ti. (We sing them to you.)

Birthday Traditions

With such a large Spanish-speaking world, you can imagine that traditions can vary. We have included some of the most popular birthday traditions across several regions:

Argentina

One of the traditions people have in Argentina is pulling a child’s earlobe once for however many years old they are. They also hold a large Quinceañera party when a girl turns 15.

Chile

It’s very common to see pineapple cakes at birthday parties in Chile. It’s also very common to see the birthday boy or girl get frosting on their face while blowing out the candles.

Dominican Republic

If it’s your birthday, you can be sure people are going to throw water at you, no matter your age!

El Salvador

You might find a cake at a birthday party in El Salvador, but you most definitely will find tamales, which are simply one of the most delicious things on earth!

Honduras

People in Honduras get egged for their birthday. Guests smash an egg over the person’s head, and then throw flour and water at them. Messy!

Mexico

A birthday party wouldn’t be a real birthday party in Mexico if there weren’t a piñata filled with candy. Traditionally, kids are blindfolded and given a bat or stick to hit the piñata until it bursts and releases all of the candy for people to pick up!

Peru

It’s very common in Peru for guests (yes, guests!) to get presents, or rather souvenirs, at birthday parties. The two most common gifts are a goody bag and a pin made in honor of the event.

Spain

One of the most interesting aspects of birthdays in Spain is that most people consider themselves to have two birthdays: the actual day they were born as well as their patron Saint’s day. For some, this means celebrating their birthday twice, or maybe only celebrating on the patron Saint’s day!

Venezuela

Here, people do their best to get your face into the birthday cake when it’s your birthday. It’s a symbol of good luck, so you better not try to resist!

 

From basic vocabulary to songs and traditions, you now know how to celebrate birthdays in Spanish!

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