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Ways Birthdays Are Celebrated around the Globe ...

By Karen

Ever wanted to know the ways birthdays are celebrated around the world? Thousands of years ago birthdays were considered a time when the bad spirits, as opposed to the good spirits, were able to harm you as this day changed a person's life. It was believed that the only way to keep the bad spirits at bay was to have your friends and family around you. The modern Western birthday tradition usually involves a birthday cake and candles, but many cultures have other traditional ways to celebrate. Read more about the ways birthdays are celebrated around the world.

1 China

Chinese birthday tradition maintains that one should symbolize their longevity by eating a plate of long noodles! How's that for one of the best ways birthdays are celebrated around the world?

2 Mexico

A birthday piñata filled with candy and toys is at the center of a Mexican birthday party. Everyone grabs a blindfold and broomstick, and the fun begins. A Mexican birthday feast incudes arroz con leche (Mexican rice pudding), taquitos (rolled tacos), sopapillas, chips and homemade salsa, churros and flan.

3 Vietnam

I bet you did not know everybody celebrates their birthday on New Year’s Day in Vietnam. This day is referred to as Tet. On the first morning of Tet every year, each child receives red envelopes from their family and friends containing good luck money. And everyone enjoys special foods, such as pork and coconut dishes.

4 Switzerland

Have you ever heard of Coulrophobia? Well, it is a persistent fear of clowns. I wonder if it is prevalent in Switzerland because parents in this country hire an evil clown for their child’s birthday. The clown follows and torments the birthday girl or boy before putting a pie in their face for good luck!

5 Egypt

Egyptians celebrate birthdays with dancing and singing traditional songs. The room is usually full of flowers and fruit to symbolize growth and life.

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