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Spanish people love una fiesta or festival and each village and town has its own fiesta.

Some of the most famous are San Fermín in Pamplona in julio (July) when people run with the bulls in the streets and La Tomatina in agosto (August) where there are tomato fights in the streets!

San Fermín - Festival of the running of the bulls in Pamplona

La Tomatina - Festival with a tomato fight in Buñol (Valencia)

There are also special times of the year that we celebrate too, like Christmas, New Year and Easter. Here are some festive greetings!

¡Feliz Navidad! - Happy Christmas!

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! - Happy New Year!

¡Felices Pascuas! - Happy Easter!

If I said hoy es mi cumpleaños (it's my birthday today), you might want to wish me ¡feliz cumpleaños! (happy birthday!), or simply ¡felicidades!.

You might also say ¡enhorabuena! which means 'congratulations' and can be used for all other occasions eg anniversaries, births etc.

Hoy es mi cumpleaños. - It's my birthday today.

¡Feliz cumpleaños! - Happy Birthday!

¡Felicidades! - Happy Birthday!

¡Enhorabuena! - Congratulations!

Can you work out what I'd like for my birthday?

Para mi cumpleaños, me gustaría ... un perro. - For my birthday I’d like ... a dog!

In some regions of Spain, children don't just have birthdays, they also celebrate their Santo (Saint's or Name day) as most children have the name of a saint included in their name.  So you might want to wish someone:

¡Feliz Día del Santo! - Happy Saint’s Day!

DID YOU KNOW ... In some Latin American countries la quinceañera (15th birthday) is very special as it celebrates reaching girls reaching adulthood.

la quinceañera - 15th birthday (in Latin America)