Seventh birthdays are celebrated as the age which kids make the first steps towards adulthood. This is the age where kids are held more accountable for their actions and start primary school. A birthday usually starts with a blessing at a temple, abundant prayers, and a mixture of rice and turmeric paste anointed on the forehead. Then the day's followed with more Western traditions such as the Happy Birthday song and cake cutting.
Birthday celebrations are not very common in Bangladesh. But when a baby is born, sweets are given out amongst family and friends to celebrate. They also hold a small celebration for the naming ceremony.
In the Telugu-speaking region of Andhra Pradesh, girls will often decorate their hair for their birthday. Many South Indians follow the Malayalam calendar instead. This system calculates their birthdays based on astrology. So many times, their birthdays aren't celebrated on their day of birth, but their astrological birthday. But most celebrations are like those in Western culture.
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In Egypt, some people celebrate the birth of the baby by dipping the child in the Nile river, a ceremony stemming from Pharaonic times. On the seventh day after birth, they hold a celebration called subu and celebrate with many flowers, fruit, and rituals for good luck. Although Esperanto is an artificially-constructed language, it does have one birthday tie: an Esperanto holiday, Zamenhof's Birthday.
Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof created Esperanto to be a universal second language and to promote internationalism. So, people who speak the language use his birthday as a good excuse to get together. There you have it!
It always means a lot to be wished a Happy Birthday, but to hear it in your native tongue from a foreign friend is truly special. It shows you put thought and effort into it. So now you can in get some speaking practice with your friends worldwide. What are your favourite ways to wish someone a Happy Birthday? Do you have a favourite language to say it in? Share your thoughts in the comments! And finally One of the best ways to learn a new language is with podcasts. Read more about how to use podcasts to learn a language. It's that special birthday you've all been waiting for.
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