We ended last year with 2 Flash Challenges dealing with death, so let’s start this year off with births! This Flash Challenge is also in honor of WorldAnvil’s creator, Dimitris. As February is his Birth month.

What traditions do the cultures of your world have surrounding the births of their children? Tell us about them with a tradition template article! The flash challenges have also joined the Prompt feature, so from now on everyone will submit their articles by creating them through the prompt feature.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
― Mark Twain


By Benji Aird

What do the people of your world do when a child is born? Do they celebrate their birth? Do they keep celebrating birthdays? What traditions does one of your cultures have around births and what do other cultures think about those traditions? Is a birth special for an entire settlement, or is it a private family deal?

In a Chinese custom, named Zuo yuezi, the mothers are expected to stay in 30 days confinement with their newborns, without eating raw fruit or showering. The Ibo people in West Africa give the placenta a full burial rite under a tree. The umbilical cord is a link to your mother and should be honored, therefore the Japanese keep their umbilical cords in a lacquer box. In Korea, you are 1-year-old when you are born.



“My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt.”
― William Blake

By Shelby Miller

– First, you need a World Anvil account.

– Minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 1500 words.

– One article per account, one person per account.

– The article needs to be public.

– Submit the article before the 17th of February, at 11:59PM GMT (the site time, look at the bottom of almost all pages of WorldAnvil.)

– Go to this prompt page and create your article. Tell us about a tradition surrounding births in one of your worlds!

-You can also post the link to your article as a reply to this blog post, but for it to count you have to link it by creating the article from the prompt page.



“The only sin is the sin of being born”
― Samuel Beckett

By Aikomo Opeyemi

-The pride of having finished an article.

-Fun with friends, if you haven’t joined the discord do so and join in on the fun on the #challenge-discussion channel. (#sync-your-roles to see it) You can find a link to the discord at the top right corner after clicking the circle with a question mark.

-Janet and Dimitris will show off some of the entries on a stream over at the WorldAnvil Twitch channel when there is time. If you aren’t already following it, jump on over there and give it a follow, that way you won’t miss out on any of the WorldAnvil streams.

-Some articles might even be featured on the site over on the community tab.



“The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.”
― E. M. Forster

New year! New challenges! Go over here to check out this year’s challenges: WorldAnvil Worldbuilding Challenges -2021 Edition!

Or check out one of our older Flash Challenges: Afterlives -November Flash Challenge