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Q: What is a typical Chinese child's birthday party like?

I was at a restaurant the other day and saw a group of children eating with some parents, and it looked like a birthday party.

 

Then it hit me that I actually have no idea whether Chinese children have the same birthday party concept...

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Haven't seen one yet?

 

Tasteless filler cream inside with colored tasteless filler cream outside. Not meant to be actually eaten, just to look like out of a Disney movie.

Just go to any bakery or even supermarket, you'll see what I mean.

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....futher to RinRin. Naturally a blowing out of candles thing. 

 

Actually, the only thing I can think of that sets the kids parties I've been to, aside from e.g. my wife grandmothers 145th birthday (or so, she is pretty old) is the fact that there are no paid singer to sing "Happy birsday" at granny's party. 

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It's a bunch of spoilt urchins trying to out scream each other, out sulk each other and out greed each other.

 

In between, they play "I'm more selfish than you" and "Me, me, me and me again".

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I've been to a couple. They were at restaurants - in the private rooms. The kids family all came. they said 'happy birthday', gave a present or red packet then ignored the kid and had the exact same boring feast they have every time. The men got drunk together. the women complained about the men. The kid just sat their waiting for it to be over.

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I attended a 1st year birthday in China once, called a "grabbing ceremony". When the kid turns 1 year there is a tradition to put a bunch of things in a circle on a table, and put the baby in the middle, and whatever object the baby grabs will tell the future of the kid. To be fair, most people don't believe it can actually predict the future, but it's more to get the family together.

 

So for "my" party, friends of my gf and quite wealthy, rented a banquet hall at a 5 star hotel fancier than most weddings I've been to, about 100 people in total, about 90 adults and 10 bored kids, the birthday girl of course had no idea what was going on. Absolute shipload of food, booze and smokes (nice!), they had a hyper MC to lead the whole ceremony shouting through out the dinner. It was one of the most absurd things I've ever seen. The proud parents made out like bandits though, a lot of very full red envelopes.

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Usually my family will prepare a yummy dinner includes the long noodle for melaugh

Long noodle is a tradtional thing for wish me live a long life like long noodle.

Sometimes birthday cake with candle on it wish me a good birthday along with some other snacks.

My last birthday was spent with my ex-boyfriend,we went to eat Japnese Sushi,simple and sweet birthday with my love.

My next birthday plan might treat myself one night in five star hotel.

 

But it is expensive to hold a birthday party in China while your friends are Chinese,the birthday person should pay everything for all your friends as it is a culture thing.So usually my birthday will be spent with family or boyfriend.Maybe couple of friends just quite close to me as well.Not a birthday party.

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