Happy New Year to you, dear Spanish learners! I wish you enjoy a beautiful evening and holiday with your beloved ones. In Uruguay, where I am now, Christmas and New Year festivities are huge family celebrations (beyond the religious meaning of the first, which is merely nominal in our country). So this is a time when relatives spend a lot more time together: cousins, nephews, brothers, parents, grandparents, uncles, and other relatives which name I don’t know in English (grandparent’s brothers and sisters, relatives of parent’s cousins, and things like that).
However you decide to spend your New Year’s eve, I wish you can do it in the way that is more meaningful to you.
Here are some few useful expressions and words in Spanish that refer to this time of the year:
Navidad – Christmas
Año Nuevo – New Year
Noche Buena – Christmas Eve
Víspera de navidad – The day before Christmas
Cena de navidad – Christmas dinner
Cena de año Nuevo – New Year’s dinner
Árbol de navidad – Christmas tree
Feliz navidad – Merry Christmas
Feliz año nuevo – Happy New Year
Felices fiestas – used for wishing both Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
The rule for capitals in Spanish is that you generally only begin a word with capitals only if it’s at the beginning of the sentence, or if it is a given name, or for “Dios” (God), or “Estado” (referring to the State). However, if for emotional reasons people choose to right “Feliz Navidad” or “Feliz Año Nuevo”, that is fine too!
FELIZ AÑO NUEVO A TODOS!