There are many ways to celebrate a birthday. Eating birthday cake is one common way. In Australia, kids eat fairy bread on their birthdays. Fairy bread is a slice of bread with butter and rainbow sprinkles on it. In China, people eat long-life noodles or chang shou mian. On their birthdays, children in Mexico hit a piñata. When it breaks, candy falls out for everyone to take. In some countries, friends or family pull the birthday boy or girl’s ears. This is a wish for a happy life.
(in the Jungle Café)
James: Hey, Susie. What are you doing?
Susie: I’m making fairy bread.
James: What’s that?
Susie: It’s bread with butter and sprinkles. Kids in Australia eat it on their birthdays.
James: Oh. Why are you making it?
Susie: I just want to taste it. Do you want to try?
James: No, thanks. I prefer birthday cake. In Chinese culture, people often eat noodles called chang shou mian on their birthdays.
Susie: Why do they do that?
James: The noodles are long. So people eat them and hope for a long life.
Susie: Interesting. In some countries, people pull the ears of the birthday boy or girl. It’s a wish for a happy life.
James: That’s fun.
Susie: And in Mexico, kids hit a piñata. When it breaks, the candy inside falls out.
James: There are many fun ways to celebrate a birthday.
1. What do kids eat in Australia on their birthdays?
2. How do you celebrate your birthday?