Episode 3: Everything About Birthdays: Show Notes

Happy Birthday to you, whenever your birthday is! We travel the world to bring you a few of the coolest and most interesting birthday traditions.

 

Sept 11th and Roman birthday letter:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2016/10/01/the-history-of-the-birthday-and-the-roman-calendar/#23f885487bdc

 

Danish birthdays!

Want to have your cake and chop off it’s head? Welcome to Denmark.

En kagenmandhttp://thedecoratedcookie.com/2014/07/en-kagemand-cookies-for-a-danish-birthday/

Image result for kagemand

image:

Fredagskagen: Kagemand af brunsviger

Nom Nom Nom! Got to try out this recipe next February for Brain Junks first birthday! Kagemand recipe and some history: http://nordicfoodliving.com/danish-birthday-cake-kagemand/

 

25 year old Pepperman and Pepper maiden attacks:

Turning 25 and  you’re not married? Your danish friends are going to give you the ultimate cinnamon challenge! 

And so today, this happened right outside my apartment.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/life/single-in-denmark-prepare-for-birthday-spice-attacks/

 

Danish birthday song:

Hungary

Birthday Traditions from Around the World

The Hungarians will wish an individual good luck and a happy birthday by pulling on their earlobes.

This tradition will normally take place just before the opening of any birthday presents, while a song is sang that translates to “God bless you live so long so your ears reach your ankles”.

https://ouceramicshungary.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/hungarian-birthday-traditions/

Ear pulled same number of times as age

http://www.hungarotips.com/customs/ndays.html Name day calendar

  • Many Hungarians also celebrate their “name days” as well.
  • Most names are associated with a certain day each year.
  • For example, all people named Boglárka will celebrate their “name day” on August 1.  This is for various reasons.
  •  A persons actual birthdate is generally only celebrated along immediate family members and is a small celebration.
  • While name days are more popular and involve classmates, coworkers, and even strangers.  This makes school and work parties easier because specific birthdates are sometimes hard to get or remember.
  • During “name day” celebrations, women are traditionally given flowers, men are given liquor, and children are given chocolates and sweets.  Fun fact: the prices of these gifts will typically raise on popular names days.

http://magyarliving.com/history-and-traditions/other-holidays/hungarian-name-days/

Given names can be chosen by the parents from an official list of several thousand names (technically, one list for each gender).[10][11] If the intended name is not on the list, the parents need to apply for approval.

Hungarian Birthday Song Rendition 1

Hungarian Birthday Song Rendition 2

Hungarian Birthday Song Rendition 3

Birthday Clowns in Switzerland

Parents hire an evil clown to follow and torment their child on their birthday. They conclude with a pie in the face for the birthday boy or girl. Nice.

Google Image Search Birthday Clown Switzerland

 

Chinese traditions:

An overview of Some Chinese birthday traditions:

http://www.thechinesequest.com/2016/07/chinese-birthdays/

http://birthdaykeeper.blogspot.com/2013/04/chinese-birthday-traditions.html

https://www.writtenchinese.com/celebrate-chinese-birthday/

 

And, if you want to see, know, and learn more to fill your brain with more junk: Birthdays around the world and through history…an overview.

HuffPo Birthdays