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Marnie’s Spanish 101: Feliz Ano Nuevo!

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Spanish for Kids – Español Para Niños

¡Hola y Bienvenidos! Welcome to the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County’s Spanish 101 blog series for kids! Here you’ll find some wonderful resources, book suggestions and activities and to help your little ones learn Spanish and have fun while doing it!   

In this week’s blog, we’re celebrating the New Year the Spanish way! You’ll learn some commonly used words for New Year celebrations, and provide a list of recommended reading available at your library that will improve your language retention.

Watch the video below to learn some of the most common Spanish words used in celebration of the New Year. 



Celebrate – celebrar (sehlehbrahr) 

Party – Fiesta (fyehstah) 

New Year – Año Nuevo (ahnyoh nwehboh) 

Happy New Year! – ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! (fehlees ahnyoh nweh-boh 

New Year’s Eve – LNochevieja (nohchehbyehhah) 

Midnight – La Medianoche (mehdyahnohcheh) 

Fireworks – Los Fuegos Artificiales (fwehgohs ahrteefeesyahlehs) 

Eat – Comer (kohmehr) 

To Drink – Beber (behbehr) 

Toast – Brindar (breendahr) 

Dance – Bailar (baylahr) 

Resolutions – Propósitos (prohpohseetoh) 

Suggested Reading Available from Hoopla:     

¡Es el Día de Año Nuevo! by Richard Sebra
This Spanish edition introduces young readers to how New Year’s Day is celebrated, along with some of the traditions associated with this anticipated holiday while the incorporating questions that encourage critical thinking. The English version is also available for download and can help you associate and learn new words.  It’s New Year’s Day by Richard Sebra 

El Año Nuevo Chino by Julie Murray
Are you familiar with some of the ways people celebrate this important holiday? Check out this Spanish version of Chinese New Year by Julie Murray and enjoy learning about this festival while attaining new Spanish vocabulary words. 

Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela! By Alexandra Alessandri, and Addy Rivera Sonda
Although Ava Gabriela is looking forward to visiting her family in Colombia for the holidays, she is a little shy and unsure about her place in all of the family traditions until she finds a way to express herself and join in the New Year’s celebrationsEnglish and Spanish words are incorporated throughout, and a glossary of Spanish words is provided. 
Also available in print format.   


A Few New Year’s Eve Traditions in Spain and Latin American Countries:

Eating 12 grapes at midnight – A popular tradition in Spain and many Latin American countries is that of eating 12 grapes (one for each month of the year) exactly at midnight and making a wish with every grape for every strike of the clock. Doing this is said to bring you good luck and prosperity in the coming year.  This is usually a fun activity where the challenge is to see who can stuff all of the grapes into their mouths while trying not to laugh. For your safety, please be sure to buy seedless grapes and try to find smaller ones if they’re available.   

Throwing a bucket of water outside– Some people believe that cleaning their homes before the start of the new year rids them of negative energy. Saving the dirty water is ideal for this, but if they’re too busy to clean, they’ll just take a bucket of water and toss it outside.   

Fiesta! – Roasted pork is a commonly served on New Year’s Eve, and some people eat lentils for luckA hard apple cider called sidra is popular in some countriesand there are plenty of fireworks! 


Anxious to learn more Spanish or are interested in exploring other languages? Be sure to check out the free language learning resources the library offers! 


Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 for Kids blog! I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year!  We’ll see you next time for more fun Spanish lessonsgreat books and fun activities!   

¡Hasta Luego y Feliz Año Nuevo!  



Marnie is the Austintown Unit Assistant Supervisor & Youth Services Team Leader. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in northeast Ohio where she loved going to the library so much that she knew it was the career for her. When she’s not reading whatever she can get her hands on, she can be found trying new recipes, going for a hike or enjoying a good movie.