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16th Birthday: Not Your Ordinary Birthday

Jun 22, 2008
More popularly known as sweet sixteen, the 16th birthday is a momentous event in a girl's life. Once you've turned 16, you are no longer a child, but you're not an adult either. Still, you are in that "in-between stage," which makes you qualified to be called a woman.

The 16th birthday isn't a universal celebration however. Most men prefer to celebrate the 21st rather than the 16th birthday as a sign of entering into adulthood. And some cultures and families celebrate the 18th birthday instead as the year that girls come of age.

People used 16th birthdays to deem when their daughters were already of marrying age. It was recommended for girls as young as that age o find husbands already. If at 27 you failed to find a husband for yourself, you were considered a spinster for life.

Today, though the tradition of celebrating a girl's 16th birthday still continues, the manner of celebration has changed. Also, sixteenth birthdays are no longer celebrated so that celebrant can find a husband. Instead, these are celebrated merely to mark the transition period from childhood to pre-adulthood.

If you're turning 16, you don't need to make your celebration a grand ball or an extravagant party, unless you want to. There are other ways of celebrating this milestone in your life.

The possibilities are endless! From an intimate dinner with close friends and relatives to parties, you can think of countless ways to hold your 16th birthday celebration. There are countless of party themes from tropical island to movie themes.

Other memorable birthday ideas are spending your birthday in the bowling alley or skating rink to have some fun with friends. Another intimate celebration is the slumber party.

Having clean fun is always a prime concern when having your party. Remember that turning 16 doesn't mean you are free to do whatever you want. You don't want the police barging in on your party, after all. So have fun while keeping safe!
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