I just celebrated my 32nd birthday and it has been the best birthday-celebration in Moldova so far! Here’s to a new year in a new place with new adventures every day.
Many friends and family asked how people celebrate birthdays in Moldova and were curious as to how I was celebrated here in my new home.
From my experience so far, when someone celebrates their birthday in Moldova, they prepare all the food for a celebratory masa (table) with their family and/or friends — or they may treat their friends and family with a meal out at a restaurant. Then, the birthday celebrator may receive gifts like flowers, a bottle of wine or cognac, or chocolates, or perfume.
However, my birthday this year included some of the typical Moldovan celebratory-traditions along with some traditions I am used to from home. Since my actual birthday fell on a Saturday this year, it meant a weekend full of celebrations.
Starting on Friday, after a little concert at the local art gallery — one of the students I know and her mother who is a friend of mine, had a sweet little surprise for me. They played a Christmas song for my birthday – daughter on the guitar and her mother singing along at various parts. Here’s just a little sample of the song for you – and it’s in English.