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Unusual International Birthday Gestures

#10 Smash-Cakes ||||  Starting off with the veritable cultural melting-pot that is the good-old US-of-A, parents in their millions are being swept by a new and undeniably fun craze known as the giving of ‘smash-cakes’. Essentially a spin-off from the classic birthday cake ide, this is something that sees additional cakes being baked in order for toddlers and children to simply destroy the cake and make as much mess as their heart desires. — Top10Buzz.com - Unusual International Birthday Gestures

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#10 Smash-Cakes |||| Starting off with the veritable cultural melting-pot that is the good-old...

#9 "Bumps" |||| Over in the UK, or more specifically Ireland and England, kids of all ages are given the “bumps” as an annual birthday ritual, as has been practiced for generations. Thankfully this is not a grim medical condition as the name may suggest, but is instead the process of picking up the lucky birthday person by their arms and legs, so as to be bumped on the floor for each year of their age.  — Top10Buzz.com - Unusual International Birthday Gestures

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#9 "Bumps" |||| Over in the UK, or more specifically Ireland and England, kids of all...

#8 Floured |||| In some Caribbean regions though most notably in Jamaica, a person can expect to have his or her special day celebrated by having copious amounts of flour thrown at them from friends, family and occasionally random onlookers alike. What’s more, the really lucky ones will be systematically soaked to the skin first, just to make sure the flour sticks and is a thousand times more difficult to remove! — Top10Buzz.com - Unusual International Birthday Gestures

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#8 Floured |||| In some Caribbean regions though most notably in Jamaica, a person can expect to...

#7 Tugging On Earlobes |||| Pulling on the earlobes is a common tradition around the world. However, the practice is particularly delightful in Hungary, where following the opening of the presents, all in attendance tug on the earlobes of the lucky birthday boy or girls, while singing a song translating as “God bless you, live so long so your ears reach your ankles”. — Top10Buzz.com - Unusual International Birthday Gestures

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#7 Tugging On Earlobes |||| Pulling on the earlobes is a common tradition around the world....

#3 Nose-Greasing |||| A long-standing tradition in Canada is the practice of birthday nose-greasing, which as the name suggests is nothing more complicated than a coordinated attack on the birthday boy or girl, whereby they are pinned to the ground and their nose smeared with butter or other greasy stuff. Apparently, the reason for the buttering is so as to make the person in question far too slippery for bad luck or negativity to get hold of in the coming year. — Top10Buzz.com - Unusual International Birthday Gestures

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#3 Nose-Greasing |||| A long-standing tradition in Canada is the practice of birthday...

#5 Money "bumps" |||| Scotland’s take on the “bumps” now which in typical Scottish style do not beat around the bush and are administered by a straight-up though casually soft smack to the backside. The one bonus for Scottish birthday folk comes by way of a pound note to accompany each smack for every year being celebrated – plus on more for luck. — Top10Buzz.com - Unusual International Birthday Gestures

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#5 Money "bumps" |||| Scotland’s take on the “bumps” now which in...

#6 Sweep it |||| In certain German regions, there is a long-standing tradition where single men upon turning 30 are required to go out and sweep the front steps of the town hall, or a local church – supposedly to show-off how good they are at keeping a house clean and tidy…and who could resist that? The tradition also dictates that they are not allowed to leave until kissed by a lady, albeit in most cases for reasons of pity. — Top10Buzz.com - Unusual International Birthday Gestures

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#6 Sweep it |||| In certain German regions, there is a long-standing tradition where single men...

#2 Face Plant |||| A tradition now that seems to have caught on around the world like wildfire without us having ever thought about it, more often than not a Venezuelan celebrating their birthday will fully expect to have their face plunged into the cake when blowing out the candles. As is the same with most other examples across the world the gesture is supposed to be one of love, laughter and luck for the year ahead. — Top10Buzz.com - Unusual International Birthday Gestures

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#2 Face Plant |||| A tradition now that seems to have caught on around the world like wildfire...

#4  Full Moon |||| A little known fact about China is the way in which children do not receive their official names until what is known as the Mun Yuet celebration (translates as Full Moon), which takes place a month after their birth. This ritual sees the baby become bound to the world by way of a symbolic item of jewelry, such as bracelets or a tiny padlock.
It is kind of  a baby shower, but celebrated one month later. — Top10Buzz.com - Unusual International Birthday Gestures

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#4 Full Moon |||| A little known fact about China is the way in which children do not receive...

#1 Creepy Clowns |||| And last but not least, my personal favorite for truly macabre reason has to be a practice common in Switzerland, or more specifically Lucerne. Like something from a straight-to-DVD though arguable disturbing horror flick, parents here will sometimes hire a clown…and an evil clown at that…who will menacingly follow and generally torment that special someone, before eventually concluding with a pie to the face. — Top10Buzz.com - Unusual International Birthday Gestures

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#1 Creepy Clowns |||| And last but not least, my personal favorite for truly macabre reason has...