Two common Irish birthday traditions are "bumping" the birthday child and "key-giving." The tradition of key-giving occurs only with the celebration of the 21st birthday and involves the birthday child receiving a key to the house as a coming-of-age symbol.
The key-giving tradition marks the 21st birthday as the start of adulthood and symbolically grants freedom to the birthday child to come and go as they please. In bumping, the birthday child is turned upside down and their head bumped to the floor as many times as their age plus an extra knock to give them extra good luck for the coming year.Learn More
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