Paula here. I am so glad to be alive and able to celebrate my birthday. If you were born on this day, August 5th, then Happy Birthday to you, too. I think (and I may be biased) that people born under the sign of Leo are magnificent people! (LOL)
I am so pleased that you dropped in and you can celebrate my birthday with me.
Birthdays are celebrated world wide. Some birthdays became national holidays. I will never become famous enough to have a nation celebrate August 5th as “Paula Key Birthday.” I would love to have this happen and know that even if I was dead, people would be getting the day off.
Depending on your age (and I’m not giving you mine), birthdays can mark a very special occasion. On certain birthdays, people become eligible to: vote, drive a car, enter the military, get married 0r become “a man or a woman” The bar mitzvah of 13-year-old Jewish boys, or bat mitzvah for 12-year-old Jewish girls become obligated to the Ten Commandments and can read from the Torah.
Here are some countries were a birthday is marked with a ceremony or a party.
India: On a child’s first birthday, his or her head is shaved as a symbol of purification or renewal of the soul.
Japan: You have to wait until you are 20 years old to celebrate your “Coming of Age Day.”
United Kingdom: If you live to become 100 years old, cards are sent from the Royal Family.
Phillippines: Girls on their 18th birthday and boys on their 21st birthday are welcomed at a debut.
Canada/USA: There are parties on a girl’s 16th or “Sweet Sixteen” birthday. (I am sure boys get a gift, too), but in Brazil and Spanish speaking countries it is earlier on a girl’s 15th birthday – known as “quinceanera” or festa de quinze amos.
Sudan: Only children living in the cities celebrate their birthdays. They do not celebrate birthdays in rural areas.
Ghana: Children on their birthday wake up to a special treat called “Oto”. It is a patty made from mashed sweet potato and eggs fried in palm oil. Stew will follow later in the day
China: Children count their birthdays differently from the West. A newborn starts life at age one. A 12 month old will be celebrating his or her second birthday.
The Chinese count age without zero; a newborn’s age is one, a 12-month-old is two, and so on.
PAST HISTORY OF BIRTHDAYS
The Romans celebrated birthdays with hedonistic parties and generous gifts.
Birthdays are celebrated with food and drink associated with longevity. Rice wine are symbolic of ‘long time’ and Longevity noodles are consumed.
Christianity: Early centuries
Origen in his commentary “On Levites” writes that Christians should not only refrain from celebrating their birthdays, but should look on them with disgust.
Some clerics consider the celebration of a birthday to be a sin, as it is considered an “innovation” of the faith, or bi’dah while other clerics have issued statements saying that the celebration of a birthday is permissible.
There also is a great deal of controversy regarding celebrating Milad-ul-Nabi – the anniversary of the birth of Muhammad. While a section of Islam strongly favours it, others decry such celebrations, terming them as out of the scope of Islam.
Hindus celebrate the birth anniversary day every year when the day that corresponds to lunar month or solar month (Sun Signs Nirayana System – Sourava Mana Masa) of birth and has the same asterism (Star/Nakshatra) as that of the date of birth. That age is reckoned whenever Janma Nakshatra of the same month passes.
Many monasteries celebrate the anniversary of Buddha’s birth, usually in a highly formal, ritualized manner. They treat Buddha’s statue as if it was Buddha himself, as if he was alive; bathing, and “feeding” him.
Sikhs celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak.
People do not celebrate birthdays on July 8th and December 17th because these are the dates of the deaths of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, respectively. People born on these days choose the next day to celebrate their birthday.
Got to go now, I’m off to celebrate my birthday with my wife, Trish, and friends. Paula.
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