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Spanish Vocabulary for Festivals and Celebrations

Spain is a country with vibrant festivals and unique celebrations that span throughout the year. If you’re planning to experience these festivities, it helps to familiarize yourself with the Spanish vocabulary related to them. Here are some essential Spanish words and phrases that will enrich your understanding and help you join in the fun.

Fiesta
Definition: A party or celebration, often with music, dancing, and food.
¿Vienes a la fiesta de cumpleaños este fin de semana?
(Will you come to the birthday party this weekend?)

Celebración
Definition: The act of celebrating an event or occasion.
La celebración de las bodas de oro de mis abuelos fue muy emotiva.
(The celebration of my grandparents’ golden wedding anniversary was very touching.)

Fuegos artificiales
Definition: Fireworks used during festivals to create a spectacular display in the sky.
Los fuegos artificiales iluminaron el cielo nocturno.
(The fireworks lit up the night sky.)

Desfile
Definition: A parade, often with floats and costumed participants, usually part of a larger celebration.
El desfile de Carnaval es uno de los más coloridos del mundo.
(The Carnival parade is one of the most colorful in the world.)

Música en vivo
Definition: Live music performance by musicians or bands during an event.
Habrá música en vivo en la plaza esta noche.
(There will be live music in the square tonight.)

Baile
Definition: Dance, both as a noun referring to the activity and as a verb for the action of dancing.
Después de la cena, todos empezaron a baile.
(After dinner, everyone started to dance.)

Tradiciones
Definition: Traditions, customs passed down through generations that are often celebrated during festivals.
Las tradiciones navideñas varían mucho de un país a otro.
(Christmas traditions vary greatly from one country to another.)

Feria
Definition: A fair, typically with booths, rides, and attractions.
La feria del pueblo tiene los mejores churros.
(The town fair has the best churros.)

Disfraz
Definition: A costume, often worn during festive events like Carnaval.
Muchos niños se ponen un disfraz para pedir dulces en Halloween.
(Many children wear a costume to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.)

Brindis
Definition: A toast, often made with a short speech followed by a sip of a drink.
Durante la cena, hicimos un brindis por la salud de los novios.
(During dinner, we made a toast to the health of the newlyweds.)

Decoraciones
Definition: Decorations used to adorn a space for celebration.
Las decoraciones de la sala incluían flores y globos de colores.
(The decorations in the room included flowers and colorful balloons.)

Globos
Definition: Balloons, often used as decorations at parties and celebrations.
Los niños se divirtieron jugando con los globos.
(The children had fun playing with the balloons.)

Antifaz
Definition: A mask, typically worn over the eyes at masquerade balls or during Carnaval.
Encontré un antifaz perfecto para la fiesta de disfraces.
(I found the perfect mask for the costume party.)

Año Nuevo
Definition: New Year, often welcomed with celebrations and specific traditions.
En Año Nuevo, es costumbre comer doce uvas a medianoche.
(On New Year’s, it is customary to eat twelve grapes at midnight.)

By mastering this Spanish vocabulary for festivals and celebrations, you can enjoy these events more fully and engage with locals in their time-honored festivities. ¡Vamos a celebrar!