“A Navajo blanket traditionally contains an imperfection” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Selene Perez by © Lindsay Lauckner

Image © Lindsay Lauckner

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. The last year (2014), when my baby (one year old) sang me “los mañanitas” and he blew out candle on my birthday cake.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I think when I was 9 or 10 years old, my grandfather died a few days before my birthday… it was a sad birthday.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. When I was pregnant I received a lot of presents, including a little cake from my students.

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist in eating during your birthday celebration?

A. I don’t insist on eating something, but I preferred “pozole” or “mixiates” (traditional Mexican dishes), but right now I’m vegetarian so I have to find a new favourite dish for my birthday.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Being with family.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. Be with family and friends, eat traditional Mexican dishes and a cake and for children break a “piñata”.