What is a birthday

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Acres

What is a birthday?

It's the one day of the year - IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!

A birthday is a day or anniversary where a person celebrates his or her date of birth. Birthdays are celebrated in numerous cultures, often with a gift, party or rite of passage. Although the major religions celebrate the birth of their founders (e.g., Buddha's Birthday), Christmas – which is celebrated widely by Christians and non-Christians alike – is the most prominent example. In contrast, certain religious groups, as is the case with Jehovah's Witnesses, express principled opposition to the very idea of celebrating birthdays.

Legal conventions

In most legal systems, one becomes a legal adult on a particular birthday (often the 14th through 21st[2]), and reaching age-specific milestones confers particular rights and responsibilities. At certain ages, one may become subject to military conscription or become eligible to enlist in the military, to marry without parental consent, to vote, to run for elected office, to legally purchase (or consume) alcohol and tobacco products, to purchase lottery tickets, or to obtain a driver's license.

Cultural conventions

Many cultures have one or more coming of age birthdays:

  • Jewish boys become bar mitzvah on their 13th birthday. Jewish girls become bat mitzvah on their 12th birthday, or sometimes on their 13th birthday in Reform and Conservative Judaism. This marks the transition where they become obligated in commandments of which they were previously exempted and are counted as part of the community.[3]
  • In North America, families often mark a girl's 16th birthday with a Sweet sixteen (birthday) celebration.
  • In some Hispanic-American countries the quinceañera celebration traditionally marks a girl's 15th birthday.[4]
  • In India, Hindus have the 12th or 13th birthday replaced with a grand "thread ceremony." The child takes a blessed thread and wears it, symbolizing his coming of age. This is called the Upanayana. This ceremony is practiced amongst boys in the Hindu Brahmin culture.[5]
  • In the Philippines, girls on their 18th birthday or boys on their 21st birthday celebrate a debut.
  • In some Asian countries that follow the Zodiac calendar, there is a tradition of celebrating the 60th birthday.[6]
  • In Japan there is a Coming of Age Day, for all of those who have turned 20.

The birthdays of historically significant people, like national heroes or founders, are often commemorated by an official holiday. Catholic saints are remembered by a liturgical feast (sometimes on a presumed birthday). By analogy, the Latin term Dies natalis is applied to the anniversary of an institution (such as a university).

A person's Golden or Grand Birthday, also referred to as their "Lucky Birthday", "Champagne Birthday" or "Star Birthday", occurs when they turn the age of their birth day (e.g., when someone born on the 25th of the month turns 25).[7]





My Birthday Present


OK - I wish this was my birthday present - maybe next year - right !!!!

Comments (7)

Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I just turned 44 this week. I am looking forward to many more. Nice car

Sep 13, 2011 08:53 AM
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Happy Birthday, Marilyn, it's a grand day no matter what age you may be and you didn't tell either :)

Sep 13, 2011 10:28 AM
Win Home Inspection
National Home Office - Madison, AL

Happy Birthday Marilyn. Thank you Teral for letting me know. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sep 13, 2011 11:19 AM
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666 - Roseville, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

Happy Birthday Marilyn.  If you don't get this car for your birthday you should go out and buy it for yourself.   Drive Safely.

Sep 13, 2011 08:06 PM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Marilyn, happy belated birthday! I hope it was great! Happy BirthdayI added a little birthday music to it too!


Sep 14, 2011 02:24 AM
Marilyn Harrell
Better Homes and Acres - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Harry, Birthdays are so fun! Happy belated birthday ! I also hope to have many more!

Teral, I have always loved having my birthday - it's just special!

Win Home Inspection, Thanks - It was just great!

Doug, that is a good idea - wonder how much it cost?

Connie, Thank you it was! And the Beatle Birthday song was so nice! Loved it!!!!

Thanks all! Had a really great birthday this year!

Sep 14, 2011 04:02 AM
Marilyn Harrell
Better Homes and Acres - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Oh, I forgot to say : I wanted them each (my children, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, maybe-in-law and husband and grandchildren) to have their picture taken with me and they were not real sure they wanted to, so I gave them two choices:

1) Pitch in and buy me the Mustang and you will not have to hug me, tell me happy birthday or be photographed with me



I know how to get what I want - LOL!

Sep 14, 2011 06:04 AM

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