A birthday is a day when a person celebrates the anniversary of his or her birth. Birthdays are celebrated in numerous cultures, often with a gift, party, or rite of passage. The celebration of a birthday usually is thought to mark how old a person is, traditionally stopping when death occurs and only stating that if still alive, they would have been (number of years) old. Some contemporary writers ignore this aspect, however, and keep counting the years since the date of birth of famous people, such as, proclaiming that it is Shakespeare's "four hundredth birthday" (although he died at the age of fifty-two) instead of noting that it is the four hundredth anniversary of his birth.
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, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, choose not to celebrate birthdays.
Other articles related to "date, birth, birth date":
... Her passport and the Chinese Olympic Committee list her date of birth as January 1, 1992, which would make her 700116000000000000016 years, 7002220000000000000220 days old during the 2008 Olympic opening ... Her birth date has also been given on several registration lists of the General Administration of Sport in China, the Chengdu Sports Bureau and other ... now deleted registration lists showing He's birth date as January 1, 1994 birth date through cached pages on the search engine Baidu ...
... is a 3-digit serial number, a checksum digit and the birth date in an DDMMYY-notation ... Because it contains the birth date, it is considered a privacy-sensitive number ... Practically there were other countries than Austria where birth was registered months after the real birthdate ...
... Due to differences between calendars of the period, Atatürk's precise birth date is not known ... Atatürk's birth date was recorded in the public records of Turkish Selanik as Anno Hegirae 1296 with no sign whether this was based on the Rumî or ... His biological birth year cannot have been 1919, but his identification with Independence Day implied his selection of the civil calendar, in which AH 1296 lasts from March 13 ...
... Tony Fletcher in 1998, it was assumed that Moon's date of birth was actually a year later, on 23 August, 1947 ... This erroneous date appeared in several otherwise reliable sources, such as the Townshend-authorised biography "Before I Get Old The Story of The Who." The incorrect date had been propagated by Moon in interviews ...
... that evil spirits were particularly attracted to people on the anniversary of their birth and to protect them, they would be visited by friends and family, who would bring good thoughts and wishes ...
Famous quotes containing the words date and/or birth:
“I date the end of the old republic and the birth of the empire to the invention, in the late thirties, of air conditioning. Before air conditioning, Washington was deserted from mid-June to September.... But after air conditioning and the Second World War arrived, more or less at the same time, Congress sits and sits while the presidentsor at least their staffsnever stop making mischief.”
—Gore Vidal (b. 1925)
“Wealth, howsoever got, in England makes
Lords of mechanics, gentlemen of rakes;
Antiquity and birth are needless here;
Tis impudence and money makes a peer.”
—Daniel Defoe (16601731)