Birthdays only come around once a year and when they do, transforming them into an unforgettable celebration is what Italians and Aussies love to do! And why not? Birthdays are to be celebrated, remembered and enjoyed with your dearest family and friends!
Although there are a lot of similarities between Australians and Italians when it comes to celebrating a birthday, there are some fun noteworthy differences between these two wonderful cultures. Today we share some of the highlights you ought to know to get you into the birthday spirit; it’s time to have your cake and eat it too, mi amores.
Australians treasure their birthday cards and we often consider them more meaningful than the gift itself. Italians, however, generally keep cards short and sweet with classic one-liners such as “buon compleanno!” (happy birthday!), “tanti auguri!” (many wishes!) and “Auguri!” (best wishes!) simply handwritten on paper.
Italian birthday hosts prepare all of the food or cover the wine and dine costs themselves – quite a difference from Australia where the birthday boy or girl would generally have their portion of the bill covered by guests. Host with the most, baby!
The national cake of choice is the Italian Rum Cake (simply known as a birthday cake). It consists of three or four layers of sponge cake soaked in a rum flavoured mixture, filled with vanilla and chocolate pasty cream and topped with whipped cream icing and garnished with nuts. Yum!
Since the festivities are being paid for by the guest of honour, gifts are expected and the wrapping is just as important for Italian birthdays. Gifts must be opened in front of guests as part of the joy of giving, and of course you must say thank you in person!
Your birthday is a special day, and you should be spoilt with love, presents and of course wonderful food! Celebrate your birthday with unforgettable celebration at with us at Criniti’s!
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