how to say 'congratulation' in spanish
Se dice Felicitación or Felicidades enhorabuena es una locucion adverbial and is not widely used.
Here in Andalucía, the single word ...enhorabuena is widely used to express congratulations. Felicidades is used to express greetings on special occasions.
Enhorabuena would be the preferred word in cases such as achievements eg exam pass, giving birth.
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I however, have only ever heard of Felicitación/Felicidades and Enhorabuena
So this mean I was wrong by saying enhorabuena is 3 words. - juluque
However you're on the right track. Although now used mostly as a single word, it derives from the 3-word prepositional phrase (used as an adverb). In "El Cantar de Mio Cid" (The Poem of the Cid) the phrase "el que en buena hora ciñó espada" occurs (as an epithet attached to references to El Cid) about onece every 2-3 pages.
both are correct : en hora buena and enhorabuena. No in a techical order I will put:
Felicitaciones (first) this is literally congratulations En Hora Buena (second) (this is a idiomatic expression that means congratulation) Enhorabuena (thrird) (this is the evolution of the previous case and respond only to certain regions)