When award-winning artist Ilvy Njiokiktjien was appointed as the Netherlands' "Photographer of the Nation" in 2013, she turned to the one event that excites each and every one of us: birthday celebrations.
Njiokiktjien photographed 100 people in the Netherlands, ranging from age 1 to 100, as they celebrated their birthdays with friends, family members and strangers. Her photos are set in bars, at home, children's parties, outside or at the office. They show young and old indulge in cake, open presents and blow out candles.
Njiokiktjien's images were collected for Schilt Publishing in the book Cream Cakes and Paper Chains: The Netherlands in 100 Birthdays.
"It's in our blood, it's such a recognizable part of our culture: from high to low, rich to poor, in the end, we all celebrate our birthday more or less in the same way," Schilt Publishing aptly summarizes.
Take a look at some of Njiokiktjien's 100 images below: