Happy Birthdays Round the World Author:Lois S. Johnson Birthday parties are one of the great joys of American children. They are equally joyous occasions to children of, for example, Japan, Italy, Greece, and Nigeria. It is interesting to compare how birthday parties are celebrated around the world and see how they resemble, as well as differ from, American customs. Is there any better way for yo... more »ung people to achieve an understanding of other peoples than by sharing birthday celebrations with them?
The birthday customs of twenty-four countries, in which these celebrations differ most widely from American celebrations, are discussed. Four continents are represented: Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. Also included are Iceland, the Philippines, and the new American state, Hawaii.
Before discussing specific countries, Mrs. Johnson tells the history of birthday celebrations and describes how customs such as birthday cakes and candles developed. She recounts some of the fascinating myths, legends, and superstitions surrounding these customs and gives us the words of many delightful birthday songs.
This is a book to satisfy many tastes. It is entertaining and a gold mine of information.« less