Rabu, 05 September 2012

Birthday Celebrations in Different Cultures

Birthday celebrations are annual events for people in many cultures. The most prominent two birthdays are the birthday of Jesus Christ and that of Lord Buddha. Christmas day is when Jesus Christ was born. In a lot of cultures certain birthdays will mark when boys and girls start enjoying certain rights. Normally, it is a celebration where sweetmeats are served and a cake is being cut. In Christian cultures there are burning candles as well on the cake.

Very often it is a celebration where relatives and friends get together. On the cake it is normal to have a decoration that gives an indication of the age of the person whose birthday is being celebrated. Often the number of candles that will burn on the cake will be equivalent to the age of the person. The one who celebrates his date of birth must blow out all the candles in one breath. At the same time he could make a wish that is not revealed to anyone. Very often, presents are given on the date of birth. They are selected to match the person's age. It is normal for kids to get toys on this day.

There are some interesting figures on birthdays of the United States. Statistics have revealed that September and October are the months when most birthdays fall. There are a few reasons attributed for this phenomenon. One is that nine months before there is a holiday season. Another reason is that the country enjoys longest nights on days nine months before September.

It is common for children's birthday parties to have them dressed with new clothes. The kid whose date of birth is being celebrated will cut the cake and will serve it to his friends and relatives. It is an evening they will enjoy a lot. It is normal for visitors to the party to bring toys as presents. All these create a happy evening where everyone enjoys.

When it comes to birthdays different cultures have different perceptions. In Christianity and Buddhism dates of birth are celebrated with elaborate ceremonies. However, in Islam some of the clergy are against it while there are others who accept that there is no harm celebrating one's birthday. Hindus are also people who celebrate their dates of birth. The early Christians also did not celebrate birthdays. They thought it is an evil thing to celebrate the day one was born.

Birthday celebrations are important annual event for some cultures. But there are others that resent such celebrations. However it is a happy day for most kids. Happy Birthday!

2 komentar:

  1. yup! you're absolutely correct.. what is important is that the kids who's celebrating the birthday is happy..
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  2. I think people from all cultures celebrate their kids birthday parties and you have pointed out some interesting facts of different nations.
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