Almost a week ago now, we went to a birthday party. It was the first of the three little girls in our close net group of friends. (Our turn next.)
An Igraonica, or a play place, was the site of the party. I would say it is much like the ones we have in the U.S. There was a ball pit for playing and a larger fun climbing, sliding, play thing.
The January, February, and March babies were enjoying the ball pit and left some slobber behind. Mine wanted to squeeze and bite balloons more than the balls. But they all remained intact, full of air. and to my joy, nothing popped in anyone’s face.
This was our family’s first Serbian birthday party. I must report, it was much like any you may attend in the States. There was lots of playing. Lots of tots and older kids running around. Later the cake was cut after birthday candles and a song.
Sisters share birthday’s in January. This party was for the two of them.
The birthday song is a little bit more fun in Serbia. It has a different tune and you clap to it. I thought it was really nice. But didn’t understand much more than Srecan Rodendan i.e. Happy Birthday.
The cakes are different… Our cakes are like a sweet bread. Theirs are usually some sort of cookie with a cream in layers. This one was divine. White and milk chocolate inside reminded me of some rich Easter candies I had as a child. Super Yummy!
Both of the little birthday girls seemed to have fun. The older one made good use of the facility, climbing all over the place with her friends.
I wanted to show you the bathrooms here, they are so much different than in the States. Not unlike the U.S. there are big and little sinks to accommodate the big and little people here at the igraonica.
There is no doubt this is a cool kids play place bathroom. Fun rugs on the floor in case the kids get crazy with the sinks. But this is the boys and girls bathroom. The outer office in most restaurants is like this. The sinks are communal. Men and women use the mirrors (if there are any) and wash their hands in the same area. Only the toilet are private. I must say this was really SHOCKING to me the first time I went in.
For us ladies who are known to go to the potty in groups, there is no private place to chat about the guys, and fix our makeup. But it works and it is much more cost-effective. Just different.
I love exploring the differences and learning all the new ways of doing things, even if sometimes it comes as a shock.
I learned that for the first birthday party, some people have the birthday party before the actual date of the first birthday. Just another tradition. Some people have the christening before as well. All sorts of new things to learn about babies and traditions. There is more. But I fear I will get it wrong and all messed up.
We had a great time. I love our friends here. We are lucky to have a great group!