Birthday Traditions by Ivy Kusaloka.
Hey guys, I celebrated my birthday on the 14th of January and it got me thinking! I decided to have a look at different birthday traditions around the world to see how quirky, similar or different they are compared to the UK!
Argentinian – In Argentina, the birthday child receives a pull on the earlobe for each year they have been alive.
Canadian – In Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland) the birthday child is ambushed and their nose is greased for good luck. The greased nose makes the child too slippery for bad luck to catch them (this tradition is reputed to be of Scottish decent).
Israeli – In Israel the child whose birthday it is usually wears a crown made from leaves or flowers and sits in a chair decorated in streamers.
Dutch – In Holland, special year birthdays such as 5, 10, 15, 20, and 21 are called “crown” years. The birthday child usually receives an especially large gift on a crown year birthday. The family also decorates the birthday child’s chair at the dining room table with seasonal flowers, paper streamers, paper flowers and balloons. Children will eat pancakes sprinkled with powdered sugar and taarties (tarts made with different kinds of fillings) which is served with lemonade or hot chocolate.
Thanks for reading!
Ivy – Junior Miss Preston Guild. xx