Dates in Spanish

There is a variety of subtle differences when writing dates in English and in Spanish, these differences are very important to know in order to avoid confusions, while in English one might say March 13, 2020, a Spanish speaker would say 13 de Marzo de 2020.

In Spanish, you should first say the number corresponding to that day’s date, then the month and lastly the year, sometimes you’ve also got to use articles like el and de.  You will typically follow this format:

el* [day of the week], de [month] de [year]


El lunes 12 de julio de 2020 voy a correr 21 kilómetros.
Hoy es sábado 3 de enero de 1980.

note: in Spanish, months are never capitalized.

Format for Writing the Date with Numerals in Spanish


You may also come across Spanish numeral dates written YYYY/DD/MM, the key is to always remember that the day always precedes the month in Spanish. 

Date with Numerals in Spanish Date with Numerals in English U.S.
31/12/2020 12/31/2020

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