by Paul Mason, Mandy Ross


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Where did the tradition of candles on birthday cakes begin? What happens on a Hindu child’s first birthday? When is Guru Nanak’s birthday and where is it celebrated? This book explores how different cultures celebrate both individual birthdays and communal ones, such as the anniversary of a country gaining independence. It explains how the song “Happy Birthday” first came about and looks at traditional stories, such as Germany’s Birthday Man and La Befana of Italy. Popular cultural celebrations are also included, such as the piñata party in Mexico.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403445957
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Series: Rites of Passage Series
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.48(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

Paul Mason has written more than 100 books for children, on topics ranging from extreme sports to urban myths. Notable titles include Money Doesn't Grow on Trees and From Armpits to Zits for teens, and Monster Hunter, a series of books on tracking down and dealing with vampires, werewolves, extra-terrestrials, and ghosts. An avid surfer, snowboarder, and mountain biker, Paul writes many sports titles and has also produced a website guide to ski resorts.

Table of Contents

What's in a birthday? — Kinderfeste — Pinata parties — Shichi-go-san festival — First birthday — Christmas — Christmas customs — Upsherin — The birthday of the prophet — Gurpurb — Rama Navami — Wesak — National birthdays.

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