How Different Cultures Celebrate Birthdays

Birthdays are fun and exciting occasions for anyone because it allows individuals to feel special while surrounded by loved ones. While the traditional way to mark another year is by blowing out candles on your birthday cake, there are many more ways people celebrate them. And you’d be surprised at how many people across the globe don’t even eat cake! Let’s explore how different cultures celebrate birthdays!


It’s never a birthday party without fairy bread! Fairy bread is a three-ingredient treat, well-loved by children and the young at heart! It’s white bread cut into triangles, spread with butter and topped with colourful sprinkles. It’s simple, easy to make, and a sweet treat that’s perfect for all ages!


Tres leches or “three milks” cake is a classic dessert often seen on Mexican tables, but another way of serving milky goodness is through the form of rice pudding! Arroz con Leche or Mexican rice pudding is a delectable, creamy homemade dessert made primarily with rice and milk. It’s a certified crowd-pleaser dessert that makes Mexican birthday parties all the more special.

South Korea

No, it’s not sweet, colourful, nor is it with a candle. In South Korea, moms serve a warm seaweed soup to start birthday festivities! It’s as nutritious as it is delicious with the seaweed being the main star of the show. The fact that it’s homemade and cooked by moms surely warms the heart of beloved celebrants.


Rather than sweet cakes, Russians love their pie. Personalised homemade pies are the norm in celebrating birthdays. Anke pie is a traditional pie made from flour, butter, lemon, sugar, and eggs. There’s also Kurnik, a pie made from chicken or other savoury ingredients. Whether sweet or savoury, pies are a staple on Russian dinner tables.


Chinese will never be without noodles – all the more when it’s your birthday! In China, eating noodles on your birthday symbolises long life. The intricate dish is versatile and made depending on each households’ taste preferences. But it’s basically noodles over chicken broth. It’s said that loved ones who eat the noodles will bring longevity, so gather everyone to the table and start slurping!

Different but the same!

People of other countries celebrate birthdays differently, but the essence is the same. Birthdays, whatever way you celebrate, is a reminder to live life to the fullest. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, so long as you’ve got the best people around you. Whether you’re at home with family or residing in the most luxurious retirement homes in Auckland, the only thing you need to celebrate your best day is with people you love – so here’s a toast to that!

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