Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Happy Birthday

Today, we did something unusual in Tanzania. We had a birthday party. We were celebrating the birthdays of two of the volunteers here, complete with singing and cakes. This is unusual because people in Africa do not celebrate birthdays. No one really cares when they or anyone else was born, and no one is really sure of their exact age. They can usually give you an estimate of their age, but if you ask a woman when she was born, she will usually say something like "I was born when there was an outbreak of locusts," or "I was born when there were the many floods."

1 comment:

tales_from_the_crib said...

maybe it's just another disregard of time, like with the morning and evening being relative vs. exact westernized appointments...it's a thought.