Happy Birthday!

American Culture 13 May 2010 | 4 Comments

I guessing most of you know this song?

Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday dear _____.
Happy Birthday to you.

It’s my birthday (May 14th) and I wanted to celebrate it on my blog! We celebrate birthdays like most of you, I’m sure. A birthday cake, a song, some presents and lots of well wishes.

For children’s birthdays it is more involved. There is usually a birthday party. For some odd reason in the United States, it’s a big deal to have a ‘better’ birthday party than your friends. I don’t play this game, but I have a ton of friends who do. I have been invited to huge parties at jump castle places, parties where a magician shows up and does tricks, a party where a science guy came and did experiments, pool parties, parties with clowns and horses, a party in a train caboose, a bowling party and many others. Mothers try to ‘one up’ each other. It just means they want to try to out do their friends.

Birthday cards are a big thing in the US. People send their friends birthday cards or like one of my friends did today, they may take you out to lunch.

Regardless of how people celebrate it, cake and candles are usually involved. Does your country have any interesting customs?

4 Responses on “Happy Birthday!”

  1. Tatia_Kova says:

    OMG!!!! you have bday in May too=)))
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! wish you a lot of sunny days, smiles and fun!!! Be Happy!!!!! ♥♥♥

  2. Yvonne says:

    Thank you so much for your birthday wishes! I hope I wished you a happy birthday on your birthday. If not, Happy Birthday! Or is it yet to come? Either way I wish you a very special birthday!

  3. oxwinter says:

    Hello.
    Happy birthday to you ♪♪ (^_^*
    For some American people,
    It seems no matter how much the birthday party costs.
    They may have no regrets for it. haha
    If I were an American,I would not play this game,either. aha

    Interesting custom here?
    well…
    If someone’s birthday is around Xmas,
    the present is combined with each oter.
    I mean only 1 present. haha

  4. Yvonne says:

    Thank you Oxy! In the states if a child has a birthday near Christmas, the parents make sure to have a completely separate party/celebrate/presents. Interesting how Japan is.

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