How to Say Mexican Holiday Day of the Dead in Spanish

Spanish

 

The Day of the Dead is an important holiday in Mexico, where it is observed on November 2.

It is actually a three-day fiesta that begins on Halloween.

It may sound morbid, but the Day of the Dead is a colorful and festive holiday.

It is a celebration of the lives the dearly departed and includes visits to the cemetery to clean up the grave sites and decorate them with marigolds, candles with images of skeletons or religious icons, photos of the deceased and an offering of their favorite food and drink.

Mexican families often make elaborately decorated shrines at home, as well, which can also include photos, flowers, sugar skulls and other food and drink.

The holiday is lively with parties, parades, music and dancing. Celebrants will often wear their best clothes and either paint their faces to resemble a skull or don a skull masks.

But the observance of the Day of the Dead varies throughout Mexico and can be quite different even from town to town.

Want to know how to say Day of the Dead in Spanish? It is Día de los Muertos. The Spanish phrase is pronounced dee-ah deh lohs mwair-tohs (try to roll that ‘r’!).

How to Say Fantastic in Italian and Spanish

Italian, Spanish

There are many, many words in English that are spelled the same or nearly the same as in Spanish or Italian that upon seeing the foreign word you know exactly what it means.

That is true of how to say fantastic in Italian and Spanish.

Fantastic in Italian is fantastico.

Fantastic in Spanish is fantástico. 

Both are pronounced fahn-tas-tee-ko and spelled the same apart from the accent over the second ‘a’ in the Spanish word.

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Goodbye in Spanish

Spanish

THE easiest way to say goodbye in spanish is to say adiós.

Adiós is pronounced ah-dyos

Other ways of saying goodbye:

Hasta luego

Hasta pronto

Hasta mañana

Now you know several ways to say goodbye in Spanish.

 

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Hello in Spanish

Spanish

THE easiest way to say hello in Spanish is to say Hola.

Hola is pronounced oh-lah. (The letter ‘h’ in Spanish is always silent.)

But you can also say hello by using a greeting such as ‘good morning’.

So here are other ways to say hello in Spanish:

Buenos días – Good morning

Buenas tardes – Good afternoon

Buenas noches – Good evening


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