Holiday Vocabulary in Spanish

Updated: Feb 24, 2021

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Holiday Vocabulary in Spanish

Christmas and New Year in Latin America are one of the most important holidays of the year, Latinos are very family-oriented and these days they have strong feelings of happiness, sadness, and longing; These parties are celebrated with family and friends. 


On New Year's Eve, Latin Americans wait for midnight together with their relatives, the announcement of the New Year has carried in many ways: the twelve bells of a church, the whistle of a ship or a factory, also through a radio program. People perform some rituals or traditions such as eating twelve grapes and making a wish for each one, wearing yellow underwear for good luck next year, or taking a suitcase and leaving the house to travel a lot. All these beliefs are made with fun and joy from everyone.


In this article, you’ll learn some words and sentences in Spanish you should know for your next holiday in Latin America.


Navidad - Christmas. While some Latin American countries await the beginning of Christmas celebrations on December 24, others make preparations to welcome this time almost two weeks earlier than usual.


Papá Noel/San Nicolás - Santa Claus.


Pesebre/Nacimiento - Nativity. In many homes in Latin America beautiful designs and decorations of Jesus’ birthday are made.


Estrella de Navidad - Christmas start. It is commonly used to decorate nativities and Christmas trees.


Árbol de Navidad - Christmas tree


Guirnaldas - Wreath.