Grammar Guide
How to Congratulate in Spanish

How to Congratulate in Spanish

Quick Answer

Congratulations in Spanish can be translated as:

  • felicidades 
  • enhorabuena 
  • felicitaciones 
  • te felicito 

celebratory balloons

When Should I Say It?

Anytime you want to celebrate, or celebrar , something in life! It could be to celebrate:

  • a birthday
  • an engagement
  • a wedding
  • a baptism
  • an anniversary
  • a graduation
  • a new job
  • a new house
  • a new car
  • a finished project

...the list is endless!

How Do I Know Which One to Use?

  • Felicidades is most commonly used for birthdays, weddings, and other celebratory events that could be seen as occurring without much work or effort.

  • Enhorabuena celebrates something that had been in the works for a while, like the purchase of a house, or something that took a lot of effort to achieve, like a job promotion. If you translate the words that make up enhorabuena, en  hora  buena , you get in good time. So think of enhorabuena as about time or finally!

  • Felicitaciones is used in the same way as enhorabuena.

However, don't get too tripped up about when to use what - usage differs based on region and country, and all three words are pretty interchangeable!

¡Felicitaciones por tu trabajo nuevo!
Congratulations on your new job!
¡Enhorabuena! ¡Qué buenas noticias!
Congratulations! What great news!
¡Felicidades a la pareja feliz!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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