I happen to really enjoy birthdays. The cards, presents, cake, and most of all, bringing the family together.
Having recently passed a milestone, it got me thinking about how birthdays are celebrated around the world.
Traditionally, in most western cultures, the day is commemorated (as above) with cards, presents and of course the famous song - happy birthday to you. There's also the well established custom of making a wish as you cut the first piece of birthday cake.
Maryland Family Magazine has an article listing some interesting customs from around the world. Some include:
We all have many things on our plates and sometimes important dates and events just get lost in the commotion.
It's not that we're unaware of the birthday date, it's just that often we don't know what today's date is...
Forgetting a birthday is, in some families, a cardinal sin. That's why lots of people enjoy MyHeritage's birthday reminders via email as well as site notifications.
Has it ever happened to you? If so, how did you rectify it? Let us know in the poll and comments section below.