Some good advice for you if you can’t meet a Hungarian who celebrates his/her birthday. Just call the person (even a text/sms message will do) and say PULL YOUR EARLOBE FOR ME (húzd meg a füled a nevemben). They will understand that you wish them a happy birthday. The whole context is ”Isten éltessen sokáig, füled nőjön bokáig” – literally: God may give you such a long life that your ear should reach your ankle. The explanation lies in the belief that the older you grow the bigger your ears will be. Mind you, Hungarians have one ear, consequently you pull only half.