Birthdays are one of the most fun days of the year as it’s an opportunity for you to spend the day with all of your friends and family. On top of getting to see your loved ones they’re also great as you get cake, presents and a party. One of the most difficult things about birthdays however is finding a great gift for your loved one. This can be particularly hard with children as they frequently change their mind on what their favorite toy is or what their current favorite show is making it hard to find a great gift. Some great general gifts for young boys include things like a games console or sports-related gifts. For girls if you get them anything Frozen related then een 9-jarig meisje krijgt dit graag als verjaardagscadeau. Birthdays are celebrated differently worldwide and some of the traditions may surprise you.  


Various countries have different traditional activities that take place at birthday parties. Some of the best traditions that we found out about are that in many of the Latin American countries, on a girl’s 16th birthday the celebration begins with a mass and ends with a huge celebration. This tradition has been around for a long time as it is both a religious activity but it is also a sign of womanhood. Some other activities include in Mexico they often have pinatas, this tradition has also spread to other countries as it is great fun to hit something with a stick and have candy fall out, in Brazil and Jamaica their traditions include having flour thrown at you and in Canada people get greased which means they have butter put on their nose as it is said to ward off bad luck. 


One of the biggest differences between cultures worldwide is their traditional cuisine. As different continents have vastly different available resources this means that they eat very different food on a daily and this is also true for birthdays. In the UK a birthday cake with the same number of candles on as the age of the person whose birthday it is a long-standing tradition. The person whose birthday is it has to blow out all of the candles and if they blow them out all at once they get to make a wish. In China, the main birthday dish is egg noodles as in China eating egg noodles is meant to represent longevity. In the Netherland, their traditional birthday dish is a tart that is filled with fruit and topped with lots of whipped cream. Australia takes a more savory route for their traditional birthday meal, they are known to serve fairy bread on birthdays, this is a rolled-up pastry that is simply bread and butter which is then covered in sprinkles to represent the celebration. Finally, in South Korea, they have a healthy birthday dish. On birthdays they are known to eat seaweed soup as it’s believed to replenish nutrients so is a great start to the day. 

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