My friend Ray Lee from Hong Kong told me that 60 is an important birthday in the Chinese culture.
In the US, I’d say the following birthdays are important…
1 – because it’s the first
18 – because it’s when you’re officially an adult
21 – because it’s when you can legally drink alcohol (i.e. you have all the rights of an adult)
All of the “0” ages… 30, 40, 50, etc.
40 is somewhat more important because it’s considered when you’re middle aged.
And I’d say once someone reaches 85 or 90, every birthday is important.
Feel free to comment below and let us know which birthdays are important in your culture!
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