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May 26, 2016 at 8:45 am



Each race of different country has its own birthday traditional practice in an unique way.

In China, taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, Chinese families especially with old folks around the household, would definitely insist on boiling hard boiled eggs, dyed in red food coloring for the birthday person.

Recently, my 60++ year old   mom had celebrated her birthday.

My dad gave her 2 red eggs and Mee Suah ( long thin noodles) soup for her birthday.

Red eggs symbolize a new life and joy plus auspicious sign of happiness.

Why 2 eggs? Even numbers is a must among the Chinese, odd numbers are considered unlucky

2 is a pair, a couple which are most sought by the older


The hard boiled eggs are cracked and to be eaten by the birthday person, not somebody else.

The Mee Suah Soup symbolized longevity , to live a long long life.

By the time my mom had finished up the red eggs and a bowl of noodle soup, she couldn’t blow her birthday cake.

She was too full to budge!

So, what is your country’s or race traditional birthday celebration?



May 29, 2016 at 7:48 pm

In my country, we prepare Pancit Bihon or Canton. We always have something like that when there is someone celebrating their birthdays. In our house, we always have a cake and Icecream, I am the one buying that, however, when I am celebrating my birthday I don’t have it. No one is buying for me.

May 30, 2016 at 9:27 am



Oh, such a shame!

Your parents or siblings should at least buy a cake for you.

You did your best for others, why they don’t appreciate your kindness?

Yes, I remembered you had mentioned of this Pancit Bihon which is similar to our local, wet bihun.

Our birthdays do not have ice creams but a 1kg birthday cake with candles to blow.

Some birthday person would rather have 1 big candle, not to remind him/her of the age.

I had birthday cake 2 years ago, this year, no cake, just have pizza that’s all.

thanks for sharing

June 4, 2016 at 7:33 pm

@peachpurple maybe they get to used to me buying the cake so they forget to buy for me. I guess they anticipate I will buy a cake for ME. I do not buy myself a cake. Actually, we do not have something when I am celebrating my birthday. They greet me and that is all, but when it is their birthday, I will make sure they have cakes and ice cream. It is my own tradition. If I die they will miss me on their birthday, lol.

June 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm



Some family, really, they should appreciate your effort.

Maybe they take things for granted, such a disappointment.


Yes, why don’t you buy a small cake for yourself?

I would if I were you, chow down the whole cake in the foodcourt!

June 6, 2016 at 5:24 am

For me, cake is very special, it should be given by the people you love, but it is not bad to chow down a cake, blow the candle all by myself and celebrating alone, lol. However, I never done that, maybe this year because for sure I will not have a cake again. @peachpurple

June 6, 2016 at 5:35 am

@grecy,sissy, we have the same doing during a birthday to a family member, yet during my birthday, too, no one gives me something .It’s the same me who spends for my birthday celebration.However, my NZ partner financially supports me too.  LOL.

June 6, 2016 at 5:40 am

@peachpurple, we do not do the same way your country does whenever there is a birthday celebrant. At home, we just prepare something to share by family members like: moist cake, ice cream, fried chicken, beef relleno, escabeche, chicken macaroni, fruit salad, different fruits , drinks, and many others. We are sharing the expense at home. July 4 is my birthday, I am saving now hehehe.

June 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm


why sis?

Why did you say “maybe this year because for sure I will not have a cake again”?

Something happened?

Nobody celebrates for you, I will celebrate for you this coming birthday of yours.

Don’t feel down.

Try this year, buy a cake and chow down the whole cake.

I want to do that too if I could.


OH! your birthday is on USA national day?

Good! It is easier to remember your birthday.

Hope that you will have a grand birthday this year


June 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Every family does something different on birthdays. In my house, I will make a cake and decorate it for the person who is having a birthday such as my kids or my sister. I will buy my kids gifts for them and my sister gives them the choice of restaurant to go to and a fun place to go such as bowling, roller skating, or a movie. This kids love this. I do not usually get a cake for my birthday either unless I make it myself. So last year I had no cake.

@grecy  If we lived in the same country, I would make you a cake all for yourself. You do so much for your family and everyone that you deserve something for you. It is sad that family cannot do for you at least half as much as you do for them. That just shows what a good person you are.

June 6, 2016 at 8:34 pm

hahaha @peachpurple sis I get used to not having cake, the truth is, when I am having birthday, there is no cake coming from family and relative. Before, if I have spare money I will buy a cake for me, but since I am saving money, I don’t care about cakes anymore but I make sure that when someone from the family is celebrating their birthday, I have cakes for them. I get used to be a lonely cat during my birthday.

@morgoodie oh I wish we are living in one country so that I could go to your place and eat the cake you will be preparing for me. That is so sweet of you to think about me!! I really don’t know why I am very willing to give something without having anything in return. Maybe that is really what I supposed to be, maybe a purpose or objective in life.

June 6, 2016 at 8:50 pm


it is fun to have a party and feel loved when someone buys a cake on your birthday, isn’t it?


June 6, 2016 at 10:32 pm

@grecy  Yes that is the way it is supposed to be. The saying goes it is better to give than receive. But still it is nice to know that one is appreciated for all that you do for others. Of course, if there were more people like you in the world maybe it would be a better place. I like making cakes for people on their birthday and of course I would think of you since you are my friend.

@peachpurple  It is nice to have a cake bought or homemade on my birthday. Maybe the kids will make one for me this year. My daughter is pretty good with following directions on a recipe. So I will hint around near my birthday for her to get the idea of making one for me. Lol

June 20, 2016 at 10:19 am

I am not sure if we got this from Chinese culture. In my family, old folks usually insist to cook or order a dried noodles with veggies and meat. For them, it wishes to have longer life.

June 20, 2016 at 3:57 pm

@peachpurple, That is unique peach. Each country has a celebration.In our country there is mixed way to celebrate birthdays.