November 24, 2017

Everything about Cebu

Birthday Parties in Different Cultures – Japanese / Chinese / Philippines / Russian and more

Today the topic is about birthday party in Cebu, Philippines. Have you ever spent any birthday at your school with your friends? Be it your birthday party or others’ birthday parties?

Filipino’s Birthday

In the Philippines, it’s very easy to spot the birthday girl as she will be the one dressed in red dress. See anyone wearing red in a Birthday party? You can safely congratulate her on her birthday. So what’s the best birthday presents to your friend? Well no one rejects food and drink. If it’s your close friend you can of course give some cute gifts. A cake is a must for the birthday anywhere. In order to buy a cake you do not need to go far. Besides 3D Academy there’s a bakery shop in the JY mall where you can order a cake for any taste you like. The price is very reasonable, ranging from from 1000 pesos (~USD 20) to 4000 pesos (~USD 80). Flowers and balloons can be bought in a nearby store; The best thing about studying in 3D Academy is that you could practically prepare for a birthday party in a few minutes. Need any special dress or costumes? You can simply buy it at nearby stores from 400 pesos (~USD 8) to 5000 pesos (~USD 100). As for a nice pair of shoes? I don’t recommend buying in JY Mall. Ayala or SM is your better friend in such case.

Japanese Birthday

When I study in 3D Academy, it’s so interesting for me to find out about the different cultures of celebrating birthday in different countries. In Japan, it’s NOT a tradition to celebrate birthday. They normally celebrate birthdays only for children who have reached 3, 5 or 7 years old. These dates are called City-Go-San. These birthday celebrations are normally celebrated for all children who are having birthdays around the same month or same period of time. On the birthday celebration, it is customary for the birthday kids to put on new clothes. Then the parents would take them to the

temple. Most importantly, children’s birthday in Japan is considered more of an achievement for the parents rather than a holiday for the child. Hence, the kids do not get the presents. Birthday gifts are usually given only to people on the day of their 60, 70, 79, 88 and 99th birthday.


Chinese Birthday

If your Chinese friends have birthdays, then their parents would prepare a long flour noodles (麵線)for them – a symbol of longevity. The traditional present is anything that symbolises fortune, long lives, or good lives – such as a “Hello Kitty Cat” with the hands waving signifies “fortune coming”. NEVER EVER give your Chinese friend a Clock or watch as Birthday present! Because Clock in Chinese sounds similar to “End” which is seemed as the “end” of life. That’s a big Taboo for them. Most parents would give their children money wrapped in the red packet called 紅包. In some areas of China, there is a tradition to mark certain stages in a person’s life. For example, “sidiny” – the day when the baby began to sit, “walk” – the day when the child began to walk independently, etc. A similar custom exists for some Indian tribes.


Thai’s Birthday

An interesting rite exists in Thailand. Here, on the birthday of the child, the parents must let go of the animal. The monks in the temples would offer the animal for a fee, most likely a turtle or a bird. Then they would open the cage and let them off free. The desire to save a life at this moment would be fulfilled.

India’s Birthday

In India, parents who sending the birthday boy to school would prepare various sweets in order to treat their classmates, sharing their joy with them.

Muslim’s Birthday

Residents of Muslim countries celebrate their birthday rarely. The custom of the festive celebration in honour of the day of the birth does not exist in the Arabic culture. However, the Koran does not prohibit celebrating this holiday. And some people would invite guests on their birthday to the courtyard of their house, treat them with traditional dishes of oriental cuisine. Even strangers could just go into the house and congratulate the birthday man. Of course, that would mean a free meal for the stranger as the Arabic culture is extremely generous, even towards the strangers. In the middle east countries, you could sometimes walk outside and people would offer you coffee and sweets for free.

Russian’s Birthday

How could I not introduce Russian’s birthday being a Russian myself? In Russia, we celebrate birthdays on a grand scale and give gifts to each other. It is noteworthy that the famous ritual in Russia of pulling the birthday boy’s ears is common in many countries with different variations. This ritual of “punishment” was practised since ancient times. It was done with the purpose to deceive evil spirits. The tradition of pulling the birthday boy’s ears for every year lived is widespread in Italy. In Brazil, it’s a pull for the earlobe. In Spain, it is to click on the forehead. In Canada, the birthday boy is smeared with the tip of the nose with oil, so that all the failures slip off his nose. After which he is lightly punched in the chest. In England, it is customary to throw a birthday person into the air as many times as his age, and once at random. The same custom exists in Ireland and Israel. And the Ukrainians in the old days would flog the child on his birthday at the boundary.

Birthday is a special day because it marks a new stage in a person’s life. Whether to celebrate this holiday or not, how to celebrate it? Modern or traditional practice? It’s in the end up to the birthday boy or girl on how do they want to celebrate it nowadays.

In 3D Academy, people would just buy a cake, some food and pizzas, sing a song in the restaurant for the birthday boy or girl! Don’t forget to offer your congratulations!

Well, we will meet on Monday and I will tell you something new again happening in our school!


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