If you thought blowing out candles or having a cake fight was a fun birthday tradition in America check out these international birthday traditions.
In some Caribbean regions though most notably in Jamaica, a person can expect to have his or her special day celebrated by having copious amounts of flour thrown at them from friends, family and occasionally random onlookers alike.
Over in the UK, or more specifically Ireland and England, kids of all ages are given the “bumps” as an annual birthday ritual, as has been practiced for generations. Thankfully this is not a grim medical condition as the name may suggest, but is instead the process of picking up the lucky birthday person by their arms and legs, so as to be bumped on the floor for each year of their age
In Hungary following the opening of the presents, all in attendance tug on the earlobes of the lucky birthday boy or girls, while singing a song translating as “God bless you, live so long so your ears reach your ankles”.
In certain German regions, there is a long-standing tradition where single men upon turning 30 are required to go out and sweep the front steps of the town hall, or a local church – supposedly to show-off how good they are at keeping a house clean and tidy
Scotland’s take on the “bumps” now which in typical Scottish style do not beat around the bush and are administered by a straight-up though casually soft smack to the backside. The one bonus for Scottish birthday folk comes by way of a pound note to accompany each smack for every year being celebrated – plus on more for luck.
A little known fact about China is the way in which children do not receive their official names until what is known as the Mun Yuet celebration (translates as Full Moon), which takes place a month after their birth. This ritual sees the baby become bound to the world by way of a symbolic item of jewelry, such as bracelets
A long-standing tradition in Canada is the practice of birthday nose-greasing, which as the name suggests is nothing more complicated than a coordinated attack on the birthday boy or girl, whereby they are pinned to the ground and their nose smeared with butter or other greasy stuff
A tradition spreading all over but specifically in Venezuela is shoving the birthday boy or girls face into the cake just after they blow out their birthday candles.
In Switzerland and to be more specific Lucerne parents will sometimes hire a clown…and an evil clown at that…who will menacingly follow and generally torment that special someone, before eventually concluding with a pie to the face. This is of course a gesture of good luck and happiness.