In the 22 years I have been alive, I have had all kinds of birthday celebrations, most of them taking place in South America. So, here is a list of 11 things that make South American parties much better than North American parties.
- Before you turn 15, a piñata must be included in every party.
- Guests may sing up to three songs before the birthday person is allowed to blow out his or her candles.
- The birthday person does not have to open presents in front of people.
- The time given on the invitation for when the party starts actually means the time you should leave your house to get to the party.
- Parties are always formal no matter what.
- The birthday person is always given a mordidita (where the birthday person is allowed to take a bite from the cake and one of his or her friends pushes the person’s face into the cake).
- That being said, ice cream cake is not a substitute for a real cake.
- “Happy Birthday” is sung in both English and Spanish.
“Jappy berdey tu ju. Jappy berdey tu ju. Que los cumplas felices. Cumpleaños feliz”
- There are no birthdays that take place in arcades (like Chuck E Cheese) because they distract the guests from the birthday person.
- Dancing, dancing and more dancing!