Birthday Butter

  • Ritual as described by the informant: Every year on a family member’s birthday, we all take turns putting butter on the birthday person’s nose to help you “slide” through the year! 
  • Context: They never thought twice about this and it’s a tradition that has been in their family for 3-4 generations now.
  • My interpretation: CL is from Memphis, and I wonder if this has to do with her families history in the southwest. Additionally, she is half Korean. It may be a way to instill a new tradition given a new way of family in America.