Birthday parties are always among the highlights of a childs year, but did you ever wonder how the tradition of birthday parties started?The tradition of birthday parties started in Europe a long time ago. It was feared that evil spirits were attracted to people on their birthdays. To protect them from harm, friends and family would to come be with the birthday person and bring good thoughts and wishes. Giving gifts brought even more good cheer to ward off the evil spirits. This is how birthday parties began.
IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES THERE ARE DIFFERENT BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS. For example….. BRAZILIn Brazil the birthday child receives a pull on the earlobe for each year they have been alive.The birthday person also gives the first slice of cake to his/her most special friend or relative, usually one of their parents.
DENMARK In Denmark a flag is flown outside a window to let people know that someone who lives in that house is having a birthday.Presents are placed around the childs bed while they are sleeping so they will see them immediately upon awakening.
GERMANYWhen men reach the age of 30 and they still dont have a girlfriend they have to sweep the stairs of the city hall.All there friends will throw pebbles on the stairs and when youre finished theyll throw some more pebbles there.This way every girl can see that this man reached the age of 30 and still doesnt have a girlfriend (and that he can clean a house very well!).
IRELAND Birthday Bumps. The birthday child is lifted upsidedown and "bumped" on the floor for good luck.The number of bumps given is the age of the child plus one for extra good luck.
MEXICOPiñatas. The piñata, usually made out of paper mache and in the form of an animal, is filled with sweets and hung from the ceiling. The birthday child is blindfolded and hits the piñata until it is cracked open. All the children share the sweets.