Birthdays are not celebrated only with cake and candles.
Shikhar Chand Jain
Any person’s birthday is a very special day for his parents, friends and loved ones. Everyone wants to celebrate it with full fun and pomp. You too will definitely celebrate your birthday in a special way with full fun and pomp. Do you know that cake and candles are not the only way to celebrate birthdays all over the world? There are different styles and traditions of celebrating birthdays in many countries of the world.
Mexico: Celebrating birthday by bursting a pinata
Here, whoever has a birthday, he bursts a pinata i.e. a big colorful container inflated like a balloon, blindfolded and by hitting it with a stick. A lot of toffees or miniature toys fall from it, so everyone together loots them. Traditionally this pinata was made from clay and was round in shape, but nowadays it is also made from thick paper. Now it is not just made circular but is made in different shapes and types. It can also be like any animal or cartoon character. Here instead of singing Happy Birthday to You, people sing Mananitas (i.e. Little Morning) songs. This song is from the 16th or 17th century.
New Zealand: Birthday with bread and butter
Here, fairy bread is definitely brought or made at home on the first birthday of a child. It is a slice of ordinary bread, spread with butter and sprinkled with toffee shavings and crumbs. Also, balloon decorations are done all around. Barbeque fire, celebration and food and drink are prominent in the later birthday celebrations. When the child becomes an adult on his 21st birthday, in many places in New Zealand and Australia he is given the keys of the house as a symbol. Through this, a message is given to him that now he can come or go from the house anytime as per his wish.
Lithuania: Makes you sit on a chair and throws you up
Here, whoever has a birthday, is made to sit on a decorated chair. Then his friends and guests pick him up, rock him and caress him several times. How many times they will raise it depends on the age of the birthday person. That means, as per the age, so many times will you lift it.
Philippines: Longevity noodles are the main dish
Here on the occasion of birthday all the family members gather together. Members are invited no matter how far away they live. Here all the guests are given the responsibility of bringing a dish. The main dish is Longevity Noodles, which symbolizes a long and healthy life.
Germany: Here one has to sweep on the 30th birthday
Here, when someone celebrates their 30th birthday, they are made to sweep the steps of the local church town hall. Whereas women are asked to clean door handles. On the 25th birthday of a young man who is married, a garland of socks is decorated at the door.