My mum turned 50 yesterday a big one! And in The Netherlands we have a tradition that goes hand in hand with this age.
I was talking to one of my colleagues, assuming this was a world-known thing. Found out – it’s not… Say hello to Sarah!
Who the fck is Sarah?
Okay let’s start at the beginning. In The Netherlands, when someone turns the age of 50, they become ‘Sarah’ for the girls and ‘Abraham’ for the guys.
It goes back to the saying ‘Having seen Abraham/Sarah’ out of the bible. Seeing Abraham/Sarah means that you below to the wise ones.
Back in those days it was very rare for people to turn 50, therefore it was a very special occasion. People would look up to you and you would be seen as wise.
When someone turns 50 these days, we celebrate it by calling this person Sarah/Abraham. Their birthday is celebrated with more than a dinner, it is a day full of food, drinks and dancing. We also decorate their house and provide a big doll, either a man or woman, who represent Abraham and Sarah. Look at the doll my mum got!
The only question left is, how do you celebrate this when you can’t be there on the day? Luckily my family was over in Australia a few weeks back and we organised an early birthday for mum then. My sister and I decorated our accomodation, took my mum and dad for seakayaking at one of the prettiest spots in Australia and ended the day with a nice dinner. It was a great day and an amazing way to still celebrate the big 50 together!
Happy birthday mum – I hope you had an amazing day, in AUS and now in NL