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.

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Famous quotes containing the word birthday:

    Washington’s birthday is as close to a secular Christmas as any Christian country dare come this side of blasphemy.
    Alistair Cooke (b. 1908)

    Because the birthday of my life
    Is come, my love is come to me.
    Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)

    I was supposed to retire when I was seventy-two years old, but I was seventy-seven when I retired. On my seventy-sixth birthday a lady had triplets. It was quite a birthday present.
    Josephine Riley Matthews (b. 1897)