Birthday Foods round the Globe


Birthdays are commemorated differently depending on the country you hail from. For example, U.S birthdays are easily associated with cakes, but it is not the usual norm in other countries. Let us take a look at how other nations celebrate birthdays, like what food they usually eat and what kind of cake they prepare.

In the U.S, a cake is presented to the celebrant while guests in attendance sing him/her the birthday song. A candle signifying the age of the celebrant is usually placed at the center of the cake. After the song, the celebrator makes a secret wish before out the candle.

Danish people celebrate birthdays by eating bread called Fødselsdagsboller during breakfast. It’s just the usual bread, but they’re fresh from the oven and tastes amazing. Danish birthdays are also spent with Danish flags seen on every corner of the birthday venue.

In South Korea, the custom is not to eat cake, but to drink 미역국 (Miyeok-guk), or seaweed soup. Miyeok-guk is the same soup that Korean mothers drink after giving birth. It’s a nutritious soup that makes one healthy and strong.

In Chinese custom, a lot of foods have corresponding superstitious belief connected to them. During birthdays, Chinese people eat “long life” noodles cooked in chicken broth with egg. As the name suggests, the noodles are believed to represent long life, so it’s a big no-no to cut them short.

Arroz con Leche, a type of rice pudding, is the traditional birthday food for Mexicans. It’s a dessert that can be served hot or cold. Mexican birthdays aren’t complete without this, along with the hitting of a piñata.

Australians make children’s birthday parties more magical with their custom of eating “Fairy Bread”, buttered bread that has sprinkles all over. It’s a sweet treat that gives more energy to kids.