Do you and your family have a special tradition for celebrating birthdays? Here are some celebrations from around the globe.
In many regions of the Caribbean, most commonly
an individual of any age can expect to have their birthday celebrated by having
huge amounts of flour thrown at them by friends and family. What’s worse is
that the really unlucky ones will be covered in water first, making it
extremely difficult to remove the flour! Jamaica
Just as the Brits celebrate a birthday with the Birthday Bumps, the Hungarians will wish an individual good luck and a happy birthday by pulling on their earlobes. This tradition will normally take place just before the opening of any birthday presents, while a song is sang that translates to “God bless you live so long so your ears reach your ankles”.
There is a longstanding tradition in
whereby single men turning 30 are required to go out and sweep the steps of the
local church or town hall. This is supposed to give them the chance to show off
how good they are at cleaning, and let’s face it, what woman could resist? For
young children in Germany ,
they are officially exempt from doing their homework and chores for the day. Germany
A very famous tradition in
practise of nose-greasing. This is where a young boy or girl is pinned to the
floor while their nose gets smeared with butter. The reason for this is to
ensure the individual is far too slippery for bad luck or negativity to get a
hold of them in the next year. Canada
For those celebrating a birthday in
it’s probably best not to bother with make up as you’re most likely to have
your head pushed into the birthday cake! Venezuela
Believe it or not, this gesture is one of laughter, luck for the year ahead and love.
Needless to say there is a skill involved in ensuring the candles have been blown out properly.
Perhaps one of the strangest traditions, parents in
will hire an evil clown for their child’s birthday. The clown won’t only look
terrifying but will also follow and torment the birthday girl or boy before
putting a pie in their face for good luck! Switzerland
Rather than a standard birthday cake, Danish children will enjoy a “cakeman” which really does resemble the patient from the “Operation” game, only with icing. Once the songs are sung and the candles have been blown out, the cakeman is decapitated and the head is presented to the birthday boy or girl. The family and friends then dig into the body.
will enjoy a unique treat on their birthday, involving ice cream and sprinkles
on toast. Yes, on toast. New Zealand
When a child is born in
considered a year old, meaning their first birthday is actually their second
birthday. On this day the child will be placed on the floor surrounded by
objects, the first object the child picks up is thought to determine what they
will be when they grow up. Meanwhile, during other birthday celebrations a cake
is skipped entirely and instead the child will be given a bowl full of noodles
which they must put into their mouth until they can’t fit anymore in. China
Egyptian birthday parties are full of dancing and singing traditional songs. The room will also be full of flowers and fruit to symbolise growth and life.
Instead of a birthday cake, Russian children will enjoy a birthday pie with a greeting carved into the crust. They will then play a game that features the use of a clothes line and hang prizes from it so each guest can take a present home.
Young children in
given a crown to wear that re made from leaves and flowers on their birthday.
They will then be asked to sit in a special chair that’s been decorated for
them while their family and friends dance around it. Israel
On the child’s first birthday, his or her head is shaved while the baby is held over a special fire, this is to symbolise cleansing of evil and renewal of the soul.
Now that you know some of the weirdest birthday traditions in the world, what will you be doing for your friends or relatives’?