Congratulations in Spanish: 5 Ways to Express Good Wishes + Audio

  • ¡Felicidades! (Congratulations!)
  • ¡Feliz cumpleaños! (Happy Birthday!)
  • ¡Ya estás viejo! (You’re getting old!)

Wait! What?! How many ways are there to say congratulations in Spanish?!

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Today, I will be teaching you 5 different ways to congratulate someone and, of course, the names of special occasions on which you should congratulate someone in Spanish! 

Click on any of these terms to learn more about them!

¡Feliz cumpleaños!Happy birthday!
¡Feliz aniversario!Happy anniversary!
¡Feliz día!Happy … Day!
¡Felices fiestas!Happy holidays!

1. ¡Felicidades! (Congratulations!)

This one is a life-saver, as you can use it to say “congratulations” for anything.

  • ¡Felicidades!
congratulations in spanish felicidades text
 ¡Me voy a casar!
I’m getting married! >> ¡Felicidades!
 ¡Hoy es mi cumpleaños!
Today is my birthday! >> ¡Felicidades!
 ¡Mis papás cumplen 30 años de casados!
My parents have their 30th wedding anniversary! >> ¡Felicidades!

Now, let’s be more specific…

2. ¡Feliz cumpleaños! (Happy Birthday!)

Don’t forget that si estás en la fiesta de cumpleaños de un mexicano (if you are at a Mexican birthday party), you must sing Las Mañanitas, not the Happy Birthday song. 

congratulations in spanish feliz cumpleanos text with female teacher in background

And of course, after partir el pastel (cutting the cake), abrazas al festejado (you hug the birthday person) and say:

  • ¡Feliz cumpleaños! (Happy Birthday!)

It is okay to joke about the birthday person. Say, for example, “¡Ya estás viejo / vieja!” (You are already old!). 

3. ¡Feliz aniversario! (Happy Anniversary!)

We don’t use this for a birthday, but only cuando quieres conmemorar ese día especial (when you want to commemorate that special day).

congratuluations in spanish feliz aniversario text

Por ejemplo (for example), tu aniversario de bodas (your wedding anniversary). Then, you might want to say:

  • ¡Feliz aniversario! (Happy Anniversary!)

And I truly like the following phrase because it may be used on many occasions…

4. ¡Feliz día! (Happy … Day!)

Feel free to add whatever celebration you want in here! Let’s see some examples:

 ¡Feliz día de las madres!
Happy Mother’s Day!
 ¡Feliz día del padre!
Happy Father’s Day!
 ¡Feliz día de San Valentín!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
 ¡Feliz día de la Independencia!
Happy Independence Day!
 ¡Feliz día de los inocentes!
Happy April’s fool! —Mexicans actually celebrate this day on December 28, not in April!
congratulations in spanish feliz dia text with female teacher on the right side of the image

For any of these special occasions, besides congratulating someone you may want to continue a conversation using chunks like these:

¡Te deseo un excelente día!
I wish you an excellent day!
¡Te deseo lo mejor!
I wish you all the best!
¡Mil felicidades!
A thousand congrats!
¡Muchas felicidades!
Lots of congrats!


Muchas felicidades is a chunk that will never change. You’ll never say muchos felicidades or so. You don’t even have to know the gender of felicidades. You learn the whole chunk by heart, and you will use it yourself correctly. 

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Other occasions to say congratulations in Spanish

Spanish ExpressionMeaning and Occasion
 ¡Felicidades por el nacimiento de tu hijo o hija!
(Congratulations on the birth of your son or daughter!) – The birth of a child
 ¡Felicidades, graduado!
(Congratulations, graduate!) – Graduation Day from school or university
 ¡Felicidades a los novios/esposos!
(Congratulations to the bride and groom!) – A wedding
 ¡Felicidades al papá de la novia!
(Congratulations to the father of the bride!) – A wedding
 ¡Felicitaciones por tu nuevo trabajo!
(Congratulations on your new job!) – A new job

Let’s end this lesson with the chunks we use to congratulate on Christmas and New Year’s Eve…

5. ¡Felices fiestas! (Happy Holidays!)

This is the equivalent of “Happy Holidays!”, but if you really want to be specific, just like the song, you might say:

  • ¡Feliz Navidad! (the equivalent of Merry or, in this case, Happy Christmas!) 

To wish a Happy New Year we say:

  • ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
congratulations in spanish felices fiestas text

Mis amigos, do you have other special occasions that you wish to know how to congratulate someone in Spanish? Let me know by leaving me a comment below! 

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