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Birthdays

by Alyona Ryabova

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CELEBRATE ALWAYS!
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Birthdays
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Institute of Foreign Languages
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Ryabova Alyona Alexandrovna
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Birthdays in different countries
Egypt
History says that the ancient Egyptians were the first to celebrate a birthday. Later, this tradition began to spread to neighboring states. Only pharaohs, kings and their male heirs had the right to celebrate a birthday. The day of the girl's birth was not even recorded. The first woman who was given the right to celebrate her birthday was Queen Cleopatra II (II century BC).
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In the ancient world, as in the early Middle Ages, birthday celebrations were not given much importance. Most of the people did not use calendars and did not celebrate their birthday. And the life of an individual was not valued so highly as to arrange a holiday in his honor. Birthdays in Egypt are also celebrated more modestly than ours.
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Italy
Not every family celebrates a birthday in Italy. However, those who celebrate do it in a very Italian way, with great scope, warmth and hospitality. The birthday boy first arranges a dinner for numerous family members, and then, on another day, for friends. Traditional games for friends: pull-pull (the tradition of pulling and pulling the birthday boy by the ears, little birthday boys are usually sprayed on the face with water, as if washing away all future troubles and calling for good luck.
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