2011-7-19 17:17:35 Lucy
For British and American people, birthdays are very special days, especially for children. Parents and family members send cards and give presents. Often children invite their friends, who bring presents to the party. There are games, and prizes, and a birthday "tea" with sandwiches, biscuits, ice cream and a birthday cake. There are small candles on the cake. When the little guests leave, they each get a small present and a balloon.
Birthdays are special days for older people too. Family members and friends give presents, and send birthday cards.
When people meet someone on their birthday sometimes even at work, they say "Happy birthday!" or "Many happy returns of the day!"
The most important birthday in the US is the eighteenth. When you are eighteen, you are grown up. You can vote, you can get married, and you can even go to prison! People often have a big party on their eighteenth birthday, and receive a lot of presents. In the UK, the most important birthday is the twenty-first, and many Brits throw huge parties for that event.
Fortieth and seventieth birthdays are also rather special, and in Britain, if you live to be a hundred, the Queen sends you her congratulations.
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