Though traditions and cultures differ all over the world but birthday celebrations are special across the globe. This day is celebrated with great fervor, cheer and enthusiasm; somewhere with homemade cakes, colorful balloons, sweets, parties and someplace with birthday flowers along with best wishes.
People still continue year old traditions in many countries. It is interesting to take a sneak peek into how celebrations differ among people of different countries and continents.
A party is a common feature on a birthday in most places but the approach varies. No matter whether it’s a family function, dance party or a themed party, some things seem to be so alike for most places. A gift, cake and the ‘Birthday song’ are a must on birthdays all over the world.
In historic times birthdays weren’t often celebrated because most of the time people were not sure of the day but things changed gradually. With the calendar in place and better records, everyone now celebrates their birthdays. Gifting is an inseparable part of this specific celebration and with the advent of internet shopping; the trend has spread across the continents. It is one of the most popular choices which people opt for because it’s convenient, choices are huge, one can compare prices and sending gifts across the miles is so easy.
How people of different countries celebrate birthdays
In Philippines the essence of both east and west comes together when it’s a birthday celebration. Cakes are baked, balloons and festoons are put up and noodle is cooked. The family observes religious functions for good wishes, long life and as a ‘thank you’ note to God.
In various parts of America, birthdays are celebrated in different ways for children as well as adults. Cakes, candies, piñata, streamers, balloons and parties are common features. Milestone birthdays are well known all over America. 18th, 21st, 30th, 50th, 100th birthdays have special significance. Guests bringing a birthday presents are a popular practice. Sending e-gifts or a surprise flower delivery is also a trend in several parts. A birthday cake, the happy birthday song, making a wish and blowing out candles is common for every birthday party.
Indians are traditional. New clothes, sweets, special home cooked food, touching feet of elders and seeking their blessings; all are included in a typical birthday celebration. Though some things have remained the same but certain trends have changed drastically. Sending online birthday gifts is now a popular approach to make birthdays memorable. Popular e-stores catering to birthday cakes, fresh flowers, sweets, dry-fruits, watches, apparels, personalized gifts have made a big difference.
In Germany birthday means decorations, special cakes and no homework for kids. The traditional celebrations start early as candles are lit at sunrise and are kept burning all through the day for good luck.
Birthday bumps are unique in England. The number of bumps coincides with person’s age. Apart from the birthday cake; cards, chocolates and flowers are popular birthday gifts with people of England. Children’s’ birthday parties often have popular games like musical chair, passing the parcel. The birthday feast often includes traditional food and drinks.
Gift giving on birthdays is a common practice globally. Online gifting has opened new venues and presented unlimited choices for everyone.