In honor of my birthday (that doesn’t sound humble at all, does it?) I decided to have a little feast with my family and a few nearby friends. Although I think birthdays cease to be a big deal once you have kids of your own, it got me thinking about how birthdays are celebrated in other parts of the world. Here are a few of the interesting facts I discovered:
Philippines: Children play a game very similar to the piñata on their birthday. Candy and little toys are tied to bamboo sticks and hung from a tree branch. The children have to grab the treats while an adult raises and lowers it.
China: On their special day, children are treated to a special dish that incorporates long, wheat noodles. The length of the noodle signifies a long life.
Argentina: Instead of getting a “spanking” for every year of their life, children gently tug on the celebrant’s ears!
Israel: No spankings or ear-tuggings in Israel. Instead, adults lift the birthday boy or girl – seated on a chair – once for every year of life, plus one for luck.