By: Natasha Archary
From slurping noodles or having a birthday song sung by your loved ones, birthday traditions are unique and add to the celebrations.
Birthdays are a special way to celebrate someone’s life and show appreciation for what they add to yours by making it memorable.
When it comes to birthdays, however, the focus is usually on making someone else’s birthday a day to remember and many tend to avoid planning something for their own celebrations.
Speaking to Kaya News reporter Katleho Sekhotho who started her birthday on a horse, a tradition she started in 2016, sparked the topic on Kaya Drive about birthday traditions.
Listen to the team’s birthday traditions:
It’s my birthday today… my 30th one on the 30th of June … here’s to the best years of my life ❤
P.S I’ve made it a habit to spend my birthday mornings on a horse 😍 I absolutely love it! pic.twitter.com/Occ7gtQEBn
— Kat Sekhotho (@KatSekhotho) June 30, 2021
Many people shy away from celebrating themselves and can relate to Keneiloe Huma who has never bought herself a gift for her birthday.
These are some of the responses from Kaya Drive listeners:
Sizwe mentioned that he would rather make a big deal about someone else’s birthday than his own but why shouldn’t you start a new birthday tradition for yourself?
Take inspiration from some of the most popular birthday traditions from around the world:
- Egypt – Flowers and fruit are seen as a symbol of life and growth
- Kenya – Boys must complete 3 rites of passage between their 14 and 16 birthdays as this is seen as the age they enter manhood
- Ghana – People wake up with ‘oto’ a fried sweet potato patty
- Mexico – Celebrations include a Piñatas, a hanging ornament usually made of paper-mâché that is filled with sweets and broken as part of the celebration
- China – Traditions include a bowl of long life noodles – long noodles that the person slurps into their mouth. A long slurp equals a long life. The Chinese say Zhu ni sheng ri kuai le, which means “happy birthday to you.”