58 Birthday Trivia Questions: How Well Do Your Friends Know You?

Isobel Murphy
Dec 12, 2023 By Isobel Murphy
Originally Published on Jan 11, 2021
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Birthdays are special occasions that help people stay connected and build memories. So, if you are planning a birthday party and want to add some color to the event, a birthday trivia game is a fantastic idea.

From eye-opening topics about the significance of birthdays to the traditional and cultural facts associated with birthdays, these questions will broaden your knowledge and help you learn about this special celebration worldwide. It is also a way to get the conversation flowing and allow your friends to share their family birthday customs while learning about others.

Get those thinking caps on and let the fun begin!

Fun Birthday Trivia Questions

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Did you know that in some countries, people pull on the birthday boy's or girl's earlobes as a symbol of good luck? Or that some places celebrate 'name days' instead of birthdays?

From the concept of a golden birthday to the number of birthday cards received by the world's oldest person, get ready to put your birthday expertise to the test.

1. Question: What is traditional birthday breakfast in Australia, particularly popular among children?

Answer: Fairy bread.

2. Question: What do Mexican children hit during birthday parties until candy falls out?

Answer: Piñata.

3. Question: What is the term for when you turn the age that corresponds to the day of the month you were born?

Answer: Golden birthday.

4. Question: What is Jesus Christ's birthday celebration called?

Answer: Christmas Day.

5. Question: What do the words 'Bon Anniversaire' mean in English?

Answer: 'Happy Birthday'.

6. Question: What is the birth flower for someone born in May?

Answer: Lily of the Valley.

7. Question: In the animated film titled 'Toy Story', what fictional character toy did Andy receive on his birthday as a gift?

Answer: Buzz Lightyear.

8. Question: What star sign would a birthday boy or girl be if their birthday was on May 25?

Answer: Gemini.

9. Question: What is the star sign of those born between August 23 and September 22?

Answer: Virgo.

10. Question: How many birthdays did the Late Queen of England officially have?

Answer: Two.

11. Question: Which famous nursery rhyme is the basis for the melody of the song 'Happy Birthday'?

Answer: 'Good Morning To All'.

12. Question: Who wrote and composed the world-famous song 'Happy Birthday'?

Answer: Mildred and Patty Smith Hill.

13. Question: What gift is considered bad luck if given on a birthday in China?

Answer: A watch or a clock.

14. Question: How do orthodox Eastern churches celebrate Christmas Day, which is also the birthday of Jesus Christ?

Answer: Going to church and burning frankincense.

Amazing Birthday Trivia Questions

If you consider yourself a birthday trivia champion among your friends or just love learning new things, test your knowledge and see how well you know about birthdays. This set of birthday trivia questions covers the significance of blowing out candles and singing the birthday song, as well as the names given to birthday cakes in different countries.

15. Question: What is the name of the Danish birthday cake that is traditionally baked in the shape of a boy or girl for someone's birthday?

Answers: Kagemand and Kagekone.

16. Question: What do guests traditionally sing before a person blows out the candles on their birthday cake?

Answers: 'Happy Birthday'.

17. Question: How much did the world's most expensive birthday cake cost?

Answers: $75 million.

18. Question: What is the term for two people who share the same birthday?

Answers: Birthday twins.

19. Question: What do most people do after making a wish on their birthday?

Answers: Blow out candles.

20. Question: Who has the most expensive birth certificate auctioned?

Answer: Paul McCartney.

21. Question: Which famous blind singer recorded a unique rendition of 'Happy Birthday'?

Answer: Stevie Wonder.

22. Question: What birthday tradition in South Korea involves seaweed soup?

Answer: Miyeokguk.

23. Question: What is the flower for a person born in January?

Answer: Carnation and the snowdrop.

24. Question: In what country is the decorated chair of the birthday person (mostly a kindergarten child) lifted into the air by their family members the same number of times as their age plus one?

Answer: Israel.

25. Question: What is the name of the Chinese traditional ceremony that celebrates a child's first birthday?

Answer: Zhuazhou.

Fun Facts Birthday Trivia Questions And Answers

In this set of birthday trivia, you will learn about the meanings of birthdays in different languages and cultures. From the South Korean 'Doljanchi' celebration to people who celebrate their birthdays on special days alongside famous historical figures or significant events, and so much more.

Start attempting these questions to broaden your understanding of this universal yet wonderfully diverse phenomenon.

26. Question: At what age do Jewish boys celebrate their Bar Mitzvah?

Answer: 13.

27. Question: Which is the most common birthday in the United States?

Answer: September 9.

28. Question: How much does the average child’s birthday party cost in the USA?

Answer: $400.

29. Question: In Jamaica, what do you get covered in on your birthday?

Answer: Flour.

30. Question: In what country does 'Buon Compleanno' mean 'Happy Birthday'?

Answer: Italy.

31. Question: In what country does 'Penblwydd Hapus' mean 'Happy Birthday'?

Answer: Wales.

32. Question: In what country does 'Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag' mean 'Happy Birthday'?

Answer: Germany.

33. Question: In which country can you not celebrate your birthday on July 8 and December 17 because of the deaths of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il?

Answer: North Korea.

34. Question: In which year did Stevie Wonder record his rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’?

Answer: 1980.

35. Question: Irish singer Caroline Corr celebrates her birthday on which notable date?

Answer: St. Patrick’s Day.

36. Question: On which popular holiday does Annie Lennox celebrate her birthday?

Answer: Christmas Day.

Fantastic Birthday Trivia Questions And Answers

Become the ultimate birthday trivia master by unlocking a treasure trove of fascinating birthday facts. Learn about events that took place on specific birthdays in history and discover famous people who shared their big day with the world.

37. Question: What do you receive on your 100th birthday in England?

Answer: A birthday card from the King.

38. Question: What group is said to have first celebrated birthdays?

Answer: Egyptians.

39. Question: What group of people invented birthday cakes?

Answer: Germans.

40. Question: What year was the traditional 'Happy Birthday' song written?

Answer: 1893.

41. Question: Why do children in China slurp noodles before biting for as long as they can on their birthdays?

Answer: For long life.

42. Question: Where would you be if you got your earlobes pulled on your birthday?

Answer: Hungary.

43. Question: In what country would your nose be greased with butter on your birthday?

Answer: Canada.

44. Question: Which ‘Fairytale Of New York’ singer celebrates his birthday on Christmas Day?

Answer: Shane MacGowan.

45. Question: Which activist did Stevie Wonder write the song ‘Happy Birthday’ for?

Answer: Martin Luther King Jr.

46. Question: What day was Michael Jackson born?

Answer: August 29, 1958.

47. Question: Which two celebrities share the same birthday and are the same age?

Answer: Angela Bassett and Madonna (born on August 16, 1958).

48. Question: What is the name of the Japanese tradition that celebrates boys turning three and five and girls turning three and seven?

Answer: Shichi-Go-San.

49. Question: Which child actress received 135,000 birthday -presents for her eighth birthday?

Answer: Shirley Temple.

50. Question: How much was the dress Marilyn Monroe wore to sing 'Happy Birthday' to President John F Kennedy sold for?

Answer: $4.8 million.

51. Question: Which country considers the 100th day and the 60th birthday to be the most important?

Answer: South Korea.

52. Question: In which country is it considered rude for the birthday celebrant to open presents in front of other people?

Answer: Malaysia.

53. Question: Which 'Queen Of Countdown' celebrates her birthday on Christmas Eve?

Answer: Carol Vorderman.

54. Question: Who is believed to have started the tradition of giving birthday presents?

Answer: The Romans.

55. Question: Who wrote the 1959 children’s book ‘Happy Birthday To You!’?

Answer: Dr. Seuss.

56. Question: Which English writer is presumed to have passed away on his 52nd birthday?

Answer: William Shakespeare.

57. Question: What is the customary way for party guests to greet the birthday person at a birthday party?

Answer: Saying "Happy birthday to you".

58. Question: What are two official birthday celebrations inherited by British monarchs?

Answer: The King and Queen's official birthday.

You have now answered 58 birthday trivia questions that are guaranteed to make your next celebration a blast. From famous birthdays to historical events, you've got a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips. Trivia games are about creating laughter, sparking conversations, and making memories. So, let the festivities begin!

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Written by Isobel Murphy

Bachelor of Arts specializing in History

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Isobel MurphyBachelor of Arts specializing in History

With a love for exploring cities and finding outdoor spaces to enjoy, Isobel has spent her life exploring various cities in the UK, from her hometown of Surrey to Birmingham where she studied history for three years. She is passionate about sports and enjoys watching and playing, as well as baking and spending quality time with her loved ones.

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