While cakes and awful singing are an annual birthday custom we’re all too familiar with here in Australia, the event is celebrated differently around the world. 

Throwing a birthday bash for your mini is part of the parenting code. Whether it’s an elaborate affair with event stylists and big budgets, or a simple shindig at the park, kids’ birthdays should never be missed.

This month’s edition of haven magazine is all about parties (and rightly so, because it’s also haven’s 7th birthday!). Interested to know how birthdays were celebrated in other countries, the haven team took to the Internet and, after a few different Google searches, we found some quite unusual international birthday traditions that may even be a source of inspo for your next kiddie sioree.

Chinese kids celebrate their birthdays with noodles that symbolise longevity. They slurp the noodles in hope for a long and vibrant life. Kind of like how we eat cake, obviously for the same reason… or just because cake is the best.

Mexican birthday parties sound like a whole lot of fun. The stand-out feature would have to be the piñata that is filled with lollies and bashed with a broomstick until it breaks. This is one tradition that we Aussies have embraced.

It’s hard enough to share your birthday with one friend, let alone an entire country. In Vietnam everybody celebrates their birthday on New Year’s Day. Just let that sink in, the same day for everyone.

Imagine having flour thrown in your face on your birthday. This is exactly what happens in Jamaica. We think we will stick to throwing flour in the birthday cake (that’s if we even bake it ourselves).

Speaking of cake, it’s definitely not a custom in every country around the world. While they eat noodles in China, Russians are often given pies with birthday wishes carved into the pastry. We should have birthday meat pies with “happy birthday” written in tomato sauce here in Australia!

So what about Australia?
While birthday meat pies still aren’t a thing, there were a couple of traditions we discussed in the office. The standout one would have to be fairy bread. After all, what kiddie birthday party is complete without fairy bread?

It’s all about birthday parties in this month’s issue of haven. You can check it out online or find a copy in one of our hundreds of distribution points between Brisbane and Byron.



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