Birthdays here, birthdays there, birthdays everywhere!
In Episode 2 of Happy Birthday Podcast, me and Jeremy planet-hop to discover some of the most outlandish, interesting and profound ways that birthdays are celebrated around the world.
These are a few of my favourites:
-AUSTRALIA: Being given the key to the house is still considered an important sign of coming of age in Australia. This takes place when someone turns the age of twenty-one. The young man who was given the key to the house is said to be given permission to come and go as he pleases and to stay out as late he liked (same in Ireland)
-NIGERIA: The 1st, 5th, 10th and 15th birthdays are considered special events. On these birthdays they have huge parties which have up to 100 guests or more.
-NORWAY: At the birthday parties guests may go fishing, but not for fish. They play a game known as Fishing for Ice Cream, where everyone pulls up a frozen treat attached to a piece of string. Norway's national flag is also displayed outside the home of a birthday person.
-JAPAN: The birthday child wears entirely new clothes to mark the occasion
-ECUADOR: In Ecuador, a child may only receive a phone call or a card on their actual birthday as they celebrate their birthday on the day of the saint they are named after.
-NATIVE AMERICANS: Native American tribes have placed significance on milestones in a child's development rather than the day he or she was born. The day a child takes its first step is cause for just as much rejoicing as the day he or she accepts the responsibilities of an adult, gets married, becomes a parent, etc.
-VIETNAM: Everyone’s birthday is celebrated on New Year’s Day. Not only is Tet the beginning of a New Year, it is also everyone's birthday. The Vietnamese do not know or acknowledge the exact day they were born. A baby turns one on Tet no matter when he/she was born that year. Children say they were born in the year of the symbol of the lunar calendar for that year.
Ref: Ken Thinks Aloud
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