Yesterday I was part of a surprise birthday party for a friend. I’ve never been in on such a well-prepared surprise party before – we were about twenty people who had gathered in her kitchen without her knowledge. We had prepared a cake and had our birthday presents ready, and before she got home we turned out all the lights and took up hiding positions. When she got in the kitchen and turned the lights on all of us jumped out and started shouting out congratulations. She was quite shocked but really pleased, and we had a great evening.
But the atmosphere was somewhat punctured by a little incident. Right after the birthday girl had blown out the candles on her cake, this other girl came up from behind and shoved the birthday girl’s face into the cake. Understandably, the birthday girl got pretty uncomfortable, but she quickly managed to regain her composure. The girl who did the shoving was from Ecuador, and she later explained that shoving the birthday person’s face in the birthday cake is tradition where she’s from. I was quite appalled by this “tradition”, and in my book this ritual is bordering on assault.
Have you heard of this tradition? How would you react if you were shoved into your birthday cake? Would you think it was funny or would you, like I would, get offended?