If you come from Europe or the USA and you have kids, you are in for a steep learning curve on how Brazilians pamper their kids.
Starting from the 1st birthday, it is not uncommon that there will be a huge birthday party for the toddler. Cakes and presents galore, plus plenty of guests. And it gets worse with every birthday thereafter. Most of the parties have 30+ guests.
And many Brazilians want to show off and keep up with the Jones’s.
What is the problem with that? Well, if your kid has a birthday, you are expected to put on the mother of all parties and invite all the people who have invited you. And that can get expensive, very expensive.