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Birthday celebrations

Birthday celebrations

Saturday was the most important day of the year – my birthday – and it was the first one we celebrated in Shanghai. The day was mostly about food, surprise, surprise πŸ˜‰

Presents and Brunch

My family sent a huge box of goodies for my birthday, including 4.5 kilos of chocolate – or that’s what the customs note said. Somehow Thorben managed to hide it from me for 2 weeks so it was quite the surprise. I also got 2 awesome paintings, which I’d been admiring at a gallery on our street. After presents we had brunch at Bull & Claw, my favorite brunch place. Or one of my favorites, it’s hard to pick in Shanghai. We brunched so much I had to take a nap after we got back πŸ™‚

A Shanghainese Dinner

In the evening, we had a little dinner party with Shane, Morgane, Leyfa and Thorben’s parents, who arrived on Friday. Thorben hired a Chinese Chef through the app “ε₯½εŽ¨εΈˆ” (good chef). He came to our house with all the ingredients and didn’t stop cooking for over 4 hours. Most of the food was Shanghainese, so it was good Shane was there to explain them to us. It was quite a feast, I think we had 16 different dishes, I didn’t manage to take pictures of each one. But no matter how much you eat, at the end there’s always room for a slice of cake. Or two πŸ™‚

Thanks for all the birthday messages, calls, presents and of course thank you to my party guests for celebrating with me! Turning 28 wasn’t so bad I guess πŸ™‚

Random Facts: Chinese Birthday traditions

Random Facts: Chinese Birthday traditions

Last week it was one of my colleague’s birthday, so I learned a bit about the differences of celebrating birthdays here.

Being born marks your first birthday, so my coworker will celebrate her 30th birthday next year, though she was born in 1989. That means someone born in China is one year older then someone born the same day in Germany πŸ™‚ For official purposes it is counted the same way we do. I also found out that this is different across China, for example my colleague and her finance, who is from the Hunan province, count differently.

Traditional food to eat on your birthday is noodles. Long noodles = long life.

Eating cake on your birthday is also popular here but (at least in Shanghai) people usually don’t bake it themselves but buy some. Sadly it’s also not expected that you bring cake for your colleagues. Maybe I will try to introduce that πŸ™‚

In China, you celebrate your birthday either the day of your birthday or sometime before your birthday but never afterwards. The same goes for presents: You can give them to someone before the day or on the day but if you miss it, it’s over. No belated birthday gifts allowed.