Expressing Thanks and Saying Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish

by | Nov 10, 2017

Inside: How to say Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish, thank you in Spanish, and you’re welcome in Spanish. 


Greetings are one of those things in Spanish: being polite, warm, and expressive is right up there with syntax and grammar. Thanksgiving itself isn’t a holiday usually celebrated outside the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, but if you’d like to wish Spanish-speakers a Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish, you can say it like this: Feliz día de acción de gracias. 

(Or, if you want to be hip and modern and say Happy Turkey Day, you’d say Feliz día del pavo.)

Acción de gracias is old phrase with religious connotations, and churches will sometimes have a services that’s called Culto de acción de gracias— literally, a meeting for the action of giving thanks. I’ve heard the variant of Feliz día de acción de gracia, but it doesn’t seem to be as common.


Happy Thanksgiving in Spanish 


happy thanksgiving in spanish


Gracias is one of the most commonly-known Spanish words, but there are lots of variations if you want to use richer language to express gratitude itself. Niceties, of course, are huge in Spanish, and this sort of language goes a long way in developing relationships within Hispanic culture. 

There’s a certain formality of speech in things like thank-you’s and you’re welcome’s, and plenty of ways to say both. I’ve gathered a list of each for you, and tried to stick to phrases that are fairly universal. (There seems to be lots of regional slang for you’re welcome: graciela, no hay pedo, mereces, etc. But I figured you don’t want that hanging up in your classroom.)

If you’d like to post the graphics in your classroom, you can download them for free! I even included versions with lighter backgrounds to save printer ink. 



Thank You in Spanish


thank you in spanish




You’re Welcome in Spanish


you're welcome in spanish




If you are interested in Thanksgiving in Spanish activities for the classroom, I’ve gathered lots of great ideas for you. You can also see my Thanksgiving songs in Spanish, for kids!


Hey! I’m Elisabeth, a teacher and mom raising two bilingual kids in the Peruvian jungle. Read our story here. I love digging up the best Spanish resources for all you busy parents and teachers!

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