What are some Vietnamese birthday traditions

Birthday traditions from all over the world

Christmas, Hanami, Hanukkah, July 4th, Eid Al-Adha ... every culture has its own festivals and traditions.

Birthday is celebrated as an important event in most cultures (though not all). In some countries, the birthday party goes far beyond eating cake and blowing out candles, which is known in the western world. And: Not in all cultures you are spoiled in a sweet way on your birthday!

We have 8 birthday traditions put together for you, which are certainly not adhered to so strictly by everyone, but give you an idea of ​​what you could expect on your birthday in another country.

1.- Quinceanera, Latin America

In many Latin American countries, the 15th birthday has a very special meaning for girls: It describes the transition to women and celebrates that the girl in question has now reached maturity. The celebrations usually have a very festive and exuberant character and often begin with a kind of mass, which is then followed by a large party. Here people drink and eat, and they quinceañera dance with all male friends and relatives.

2.- Fairy bread (Fairy bread), Australia

We don't want to offend our Australian friends - but somehow we feel as if the tradition of fairy bread originated from annoyed parents looking for a simple alternative to the birthday cake. Fairy bread usually consists of toast with butter and colored love pearls and is a real eye-catcher, especially on children's birthday parties!

3.- Smear your nose, Canada

Canadians have a very special way of wishing others something good: Here there is a tradition of grabbing the birthday child and smearing their nose with butter - this is supposed to protect them from harm. A lot of questions arise around this tradition: Why is the nose being smeared? How many of these smearings turn out to be real brawls? And do vegans also have to have butter rub their noses?

4.- Pull your ears, Spain

If you are lucky enough to celebrate your birthday in Spain, you should do so while you are still young ... Your Spanish friends will pull your ears once every year of your life - and if you think you have finally survived it, is pulled particularly vigorously one last time: for that extra portion of luck!

5.- Open gifts, Italy

In Italy, unpacking birthday presents is one of those things. According to social rules, it is considered rude not to open a gift immediately after it has been given to you. In addition, if you want to celebrate your birthday here, you can work on your “I'm surprised and extremely pleased at the same time” facial expression, according to the motto “Oh thank you Sabine, I've always wanted this vegetable peeler for 10 €! "

6.- Noodles for a long life, China

The Chinese eat particularly long noodles on their birthday - as a symbol of a long life. The extra-long pasta must be pulled into your mouth as far as possible before you bite it off. We don't know about you guys, but that sounds like a pretty tasty tradition to us. And what better (or more elegant) way to eat pasta?

7.- The clothesline, Russia

The Russians ensure a particularly generous atmosphere at birthday parties, because here every child gets something for free. And this is how it works: The adults hang all the presents on a clothesline and then each child can pull one down and take it home with them. So everyone has something from this day!

8.- No birthday parties at all, Vietnam

The last tradition that we present to you is strictly speaking not a birthday tradition at all, because in Vietnam not every birthday is celebrated individually. Here they celebrate the Vietnamese New Year (‘Tet ’) together that everyone has grown a year older. Imagine the party! As you can see, there are tons of fun and diverse birthday traditions out there. Have you seen yourself sipping pasta for a long time or blowing out the candles on your fairy bread? Celebrating your birthday in another country and in a different way is a great way to experience another culture and to feel part of it!

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