It's the 1st birthday of our Smithsonian Journeys blog! In honor of our big day, here's an anthropological look at birthday traditions in the United States and around the world.
- In Russia, children receive a birthday pie instead of an what we know as a birthday cake.
- In Canada, the birthday kid's nose is greased with butter. As a result, the child is too slippery for bad luck to catch him.
- In Vietnam, everyone celebrates at the dawn of the New Year, but the actual day of birth is not celebrated. Each child receives a red envelope with "Lucky Money" to celebrate their aging, and when they are asked their age they respond by using the appropriate symbol to the lunar birth year.
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