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How Celebrations Change As I Grow Up

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Lots of things change as we grow up, including our views on certain customs and habits.

On this occasion, I'd like to talk specifically about how certain celebrations change as I grow up, or at least how I see them differently.

Birthday Events

The first thing that comes to my mind when hearing the word celebration is Birthday. When I was little, my parents used to celebrate my birthday in one of my favorite fast-food chains to date, Mc*. We would invite my schoolmates and close relatives to have a kids' party there. I don't really remember the events happening during the party back then, but I'm sure that I was having a lot of fun looking at the pictures my parents took.

As I grow older, I started to learn about the value of money and how someone must work diligently to be able to earn a lot. I don't know how much the kids' party back then cost, but I'm sure it's still a good amount of money, especially if it was invested rather than splurged for events like that.

I remembered telling my parents to no longer hold parties and celebrate my birthday too luxuriously. They were a bit puzzled but after I have a chat with them to explain, they seem to take a liking to the idea.

Since then, there has never been a single birthday cake in my house and we never held any kind of party outside. Instead, we buy 'special occasion foods' like fried noodles, roasted carp, and some local delicacies that we like and have a small feast for the direct family.

The same can't be said for my friends though, especially the girls. I don't know if this is the same in other places, but in my country, whenever a girl turns 17, she will celebrate it at a really big party. Like renting out a whole ballroom and have buffets for every guest. Some even had DJs and use really big dresses (like wedding dresses) for the occasion.

I was really impressed by some of these 'Sweet 17' birthday parties as they have really good stuff on the buffet and the event as a whole was quite an experience.

Chinese New Year

Another event that just instantly pops up in my head when hearing the word 'celebrate' is Chinese New Year. There is a certain tradition during CNY where an older, married person will give out red envelopes or as we'd call it 'Ang Pao' filled with money to younger, unmarried relatives and children. We'd all gather in the oldest uncle/aunt's home and have a family dinner the night before the celebration or lunch during the day of the celebration.

When I was a kid, I used to get so many Ang Paos but I don't really understand the value of it. Back then, I don't have any use for money so I just gave them to my parents after the whole event ends.

As I grow older, the amount and value of Ang Paos keep decreasing because of some factors. One of which is the older relatives have passed away one by one as they reached the end of their lifeline. Another thing to account for would be the fewer houses we'd visit during the day as we got older and busier.

I remember going to so many distant relative's houses when I was a child as I was still so energetic and excited back then. My parents also have less work and better relationships with other relatives back in the day. But stuff happens and as we'd get busier in the days following Chinese New Year, we decided to not travel too much so we'll still have energy for the day after, which is usually a work/school day.

Another change that will surely happen in the CNY celebration is when the day comes that I get married and have children, I will be the one giving out Ang Paos to my future children, nieces, and younger relatives instead of receiving them.

Christmas Day

One last celebration that I'd like to talk about on this occasion is none other than Christmas.

Back in the day, I think of Christmas as an event where I'd get presents from parents, relatives, friends, and churches. I never really thought of the true meaning behind it. I'd just sing a few songs, go to the church, and have a small party (Christmas dinner, exchanging gifts, lighting out candles, etc.)

But now, I've known better of what some would say is the "true essence" of Christmas. Let's just say that it's a sacred day, worthy of celebrations, but we still need to be respectful and meaningful in everything that we do. And I learned that no other gift I receive can ever compare to the one He gave to me and I should be grateful to Him and follow His lead in everything that I do.

Additional factors that change celebrations for me

These past 2 years, the surge of Covid19 and its multiple variants has caused great havoc in the world. We were told to stay at home as much as we can and to do social distancing and follow the regulations.

Those regulations and rules have made me missed out physically and mentally on a lot of celebrations like Birthdays, Chinese New Year, Graduations, and even Weddings of my close friends and relatives. Most of the celebrations nowadays are done via online meetings and the atmosphere is simply not the same compared to offline celebrations.

I've learned to accept reality and just go with the flow. We might not be able to celebrate with our closest friends, relatives, or even family members, but we must keep the spirit of celebration inside of us and do our best to enjoy life no matter what happens.

On another note, I think that every single person on Earth is waiting patiently and preparing for a global celebration for the day when we are all freed from this annoying virus and can live our lives normally once more. Let's hope that the day will come soon enough.

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For me, when I'm thinking of celebration, Christmas comes in my mind because that's one of our awaited celebration per year. That's the time we're my relatives visit us and have a bonding time with my cousins. But here comes pandemic come and change everything

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Yep, it really messes up so many celebration plans. I hope you can still have fun with your family and friends even with the pandemic. I'm also trying to find a way to make online celebrations fun.

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Online celebration will never be fun as the face to face. That's what makes it sad. But us human always find a ways to have fun in any medium

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Here in my country, there used to be big celebrations for the girls' 15th birthday. But now that tradition has had to change, because the economy does not give for very pompous and luxurious things, at least not for the lower middle class. I enjoyed reading your account of your celebrations.

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Glad you find it enjoyable. I agree with the changing tradition, as far as I know very few underclassmen actually celebrate grandly for birthdays during the pandemics. Restrictions and economy is a really big factor.

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I love Chinese New Year. Way back when I was working, most of the bosses were Chinese. We would receive ang pao and lots of cakes. Those were delicious cakes.

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Yeah, mooncakes and other celebratory Chinese food are really great!

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I love Chinese foods!

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I love the Chinese New Year part of your celebration because I actually don't know how the Chinese celebrate it. Few years back, I have 1 Chinese patient and he gave me Ang Pao with money inside idk the story behind it, I thought that it was just a gift for Chinese New Year, haha! 😂 But, anyway I think it was. Now, I learn something from you. Thanks!

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Wow, thank you for visiting! I'm glad you find my article interesting and informative. I do hope to see you around here in the future!

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Indeed. The Chinese Community is big here in my place and the tradition is fascinating...

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We haven't been that keen on celebration. My mom would just bake something and may prepare some other on those occasions. When I got older, I stopped celebrating my birthday in a sense of not preparing any food or buying anything. I am still grateful to Him for another year. What's important is I'm healthy. I think because of the culture of other countries being adopted, especially with what we see in social media and watch, we have started gravitating towards more celebration of this and that which we don't normally do.

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Yeah, I agree with you. I guess with the growth of social media and technology, we try to follow others in celebrating things that are not really our style. As for the birthdays, I also learned a lot more as I grow older, and being grateful to Him is one of the best things that I've learned.

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I honestly don't celebrate much during my birthday. But I guess it will be different once you have a kid. Planning to give my son the best celebration he can have. Luxurious one is not needed, as long as we are all healthy and safe. And celebrating Christmas is really meaningful for me too, especially now I have a kid.

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Being a parent really changes a lot of things in our lives. I'm still focused on career building and studying so I haven't really think about relationships, but I'm glad to hear that you have your child's best interest in your mind.

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As i grow up I don't really remember that i celebrate my birthday, I don't remember birthday cakes and gifts even when i reach 18, as we called it "debut". I just remember i was already working at that time and because i couldn't remember any Birthday celebration of mine i prepare for my own,from my own pocket..well i understand my parents why they can't give me a birthday celebration for we are just poor,but we're contented and happy. During Christmas we don't prepare too much food,as we believe we must prepare more during new year. 😅

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Ohh, I don't really celebrate traditional New Year other than saying Happy New Year lol. As for the birthdays, even with your unfortunate situations, I'm glad that you can still be happy and have fun. You're a really strong and responsible woman that you're already working at 18, I hope the future is bright for you and your family sis!

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I took my son to that same chain for his birthdays. Until he got gastritis and that's as far as we went, no more. In my country, girls at the age of 15 have huge parties. I also like the Christmas celebrations.

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That's really unfortunate for your son. I still went to Mc* every now and then to have cheat days and Christmas is really a special celebration.

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It is amazing how we grow up and mature over the years. So debut age in your place is 17, here in ours, it's 18. And yes, we may all be expecting for the virus to vanish, but it doesn't mean we will stop having fun because it is still here :) Let's make our days memorable by celebrating it with our dear ones.

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Wow, the 'debut' age is really different eh? I thought it was the same everywhere at first. I agree that we shouldn't stop having fun because it is still there. Perhaps we need to find out new ways to make online celebrations feel more festive!

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Yes, all the while I thought it's the same age but surprised to learn it's earlier in yours :) And I agree with you on finding ways to have fun.

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I like that "we must keep the spirit of celebration within us". And so it is. We have to adjust to the new circumstances. And in my country, the girls celebrate with big parties their 15 years old and not their 17.

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Woah, another different 'debut' age! As for the celebration spirit, we really do need them to make our lives a bit more colourful on these dark days.

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This is the proof that now you are true mature & responsible person. Loved the way you decided not to waste on your birthday celebration.

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I just feel like we don't need to make such a big deal and waste too much money hehe, rather spend it on close family and myself.

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Dati nung bata pa kami pag kahit anong okasyon pancit lang ang nakayanan ng parents kong and now na malaki na kami at may mga trabaho na ,medyo maramin ng handa😊

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That's great! Hope you'll have more amazing celebrations to come in the upcoming years!

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