QUIZ Que connais-tu des traditions d’anniversaire dans le monde?

Alors que je viens de fêter mon anniversaire, je voulais voir comment les gens célébraient des anniversaires dans d’autres pays, d’autres cultures … Les traditions sont très variées! Donc chaque jour, nous sommes susceptibles de partager la même date d’anniversaire avec quelqu’un d’autre mais nous la célébrons chacun à notre manière.

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Maybe next time you celebrate your birthday, you will be tempted to try a new tradition!

Congratulations on completing this quiz!

Maybe next time you celebrate your birthday, you will be tempted to try a new tradition!

#1. In which country, do they usually put the national flag outside the house to indicate that a birthday is celebrated in the house?

The red flag crossed out with a white cross is an essential accessory for a birthday in Denmark. Residents have a very special relationship with their national flag, the dannebrog. It symbolizes the party and celebrates being together, in hygge mode.
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#2. In which country does the fairy bread replace the traditional birthday cake?

The “Fairy Bread” is simply a slice of white bread, spread with margarine (or butter) on which we sprinkle colored sugar pearls. The origin of fairy bread dates back to the 1920s in Australia. It is often served at children’s parties in Australia and New Zealand.

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#3. The piñata is an essential part of any birthday party in Mexico. But what is the true origin of this accessory?

The piñata is said to have been imported to Italy in the 14th century by explorer Marco Polo. Indeed, the word « piñata » has an Italian etymology: « Pignatta » which designates a « fragile container ». However, its true origin is believed to be attributed to the Chinese who used it for the New Year celebrations, which coincided with the beginning of spring. The rural and agricultural origins, would explain precisely the animal representations of the piñatas (cows and buffaloes). According to Chinese tradition the piñatas were filled with seeds. Extracting the seeds by successive strikes, was a means to attract the right climate for the following season.

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#4. In which country do you get ears pulled not because you are being scolded but in order to celebrate your birthday?

In Brazil, birthday girl/boy gets the earlobe pulled. But also in Hungary. The gesture is accompanied by a song : « God bless you, that you live long enough for your lobes to touch your ankles. »

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#5. In this country, you spread butter on the nose of the celebrant...

In Canada, butter is spread on the nose of the person celebrating their birthday. The goal is to ensure that bad luck slips off her/him until the next birthday.

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#6. It's bad luck to offer a watch (as beautiful as it may be) in this country...

In China, the elderly are not offered watches. In Chinese, a clock is pronounced « zhong » (钟) homonym of « zhong » (终) which also means « end ». By extension, watches are associated with the clock and it is therefore frowned upon to offer a watch to the elderly because it means « your time is running out », whereas you will rather wish a long life.

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