Sing Cumpleañons Feliz in Spanish
To Teach it or to Celebrate Your Roots!
One great way to keep your Hispanic heritage alive and pass it down to the next generation is to incorporate the Happy Birthday song in Spanish into your family’s birthday parties.
The most common version of this simple song is easy for kids and adults to learn because it is very repetitive, and it follows the Happy Birthday tune they already know:
Feliz cumpleaños a ti
feliz cumpleaños a ti
feliz cumpleaños querido/a (name)
feliz cumpleaños a ti.
Kids will love singing this one!
Happy Birthday in Spanish Lyrics
If you have a lot of birthdays to celebrate in your family, you might like to mix it up a little bit by singing some of the other popular versions of the Happy Birthday song in Spanish.
For example, here’s a version from Colombia:
te deseamos a ti
que los cumplas feliz (felices)
Que los cumpla feliz,
que los vuelva a cumplir,
que los siga cumpliendo,
Hasta el año 3000.
I like this version because it has that little coda at the end like we have in English: “And many more…”
If you want, you can even sing Happy Birthday in both English and Spanish before you blow out the candles on the birthday cake. How lucky your little kids will feel when they get sung to twice on their birthday!
Another one of the fun birthday Spanish songs for kids is Las Manañitas. This song started out as a long ballad, but today it is very common to sing a shorter version of it at birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries in Mexico.
Las Mañanitas Lyrics
Estas son las mañanitas
que cantaba el rey David
Hoy por ser día de tu santo
te las cantamos aquí.
Despierta mi bien despierta
Mira que ya amaneció
Ya los pajaritos cantan
La luna ya se metió.
I still remember how fun it was to hear my Spanish teacher sing this song for us in high school. Up until then, all of my teachers had been Americans, so they’d taught us the regular Feliz Cumpleaños song. This teacher was from Mexico, so she introduced us to Las Manañitas.
Before she sang, she made us promise not to laugh at her singing voice! Really she had nothing to worry about, as she had a very sweet voice and we all liked her very much.
When it comes to singing the Happy Birthday song, it really doesn’t matter what version of the song you use, or how good or bad your singing voice is. What counts is that you sing with your heart and wish special happiness and joy to the birthday boy or girl.
Hopefully singing the Happy Birthday Song in Spanish will have special meaning to you and your family, and help your children remember and appreciate their Latino heritage.
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