Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Traffic lights? Boring! Much cooler: robots that direct traffic at intersections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two robots, 2.40 meters tall, have been set up in the capital, Kinshasa. Others may soon follow.
The words Happy Birthday are always welcome, aren’t they? Yes and no. Birthday traditions vary considerably around the world.
belated is bad
In China, it’s bad luck to wish someone a belated happy birthday. You celebrate on or before the big day, but never afterwards. On your birthday, you’re allowed to eat as many long noodles as you like, as they are a symbol of longevity.
In Mexico, you celebrate your birthday with a piñata, a papier-mâché figure or decorated container filled with candy and hung on a rope. Birthday guests beat it with a stick until it breaks and releases its sugary contents.
everyone gets older
In Vietnam, no one congratulates you on your birthday or gives you a gift. Birthdays just aren’t celebrated, and your age isn’t important. Everyone turns one year older together at Tet, the Vietnamese new year’s festival.