What is birthday?

  • (noun): An anniversary of the day on which a person was born (or the celebration of it).
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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.

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The Birthday Party (film) - Plot
... Lulu (Helen Fraser) brings her a parcel, a boy's toy drum presented to Stanley as his "birthday present." Goldberg and McCann offer to host Stanley's birthday party after Stanley's landlady, Meg (Boles ...
Sweet Sixteen (birthday)
... A sweet sixteen is a coming of age party celebrating a girl's sixteenth birthday in North America primarily in the United States and Canada ... Recently, boys have also began to celebrate their sixteenth birthday in this trend as well ...
Birthday Customs And Celebrations - Birthday Parties
... In Western cultures, particularly in the United States and Australia, birthday parties are often accompanied by colorful decorations, such as balloons and streamers ... A birthday cake is often served with candles that are to be blown out after a “birthday wish” has been made ... While the birthday cake is being brought to the table, the song Happy Birthday to You is sung by the guests ...
Birthday Customs And Celebrations - Birthday Presents
... it is common for people to receive gifts on their birthday ... However, sometimes it is expected of the person celebrating their birthday to treat their party guests instead this varies depending on the local culture and may ...
Birthdays in Cultures and Religions - Superstitious Origins of Celebrations
... A number of possible superstitious origins for customs associated with birthday celebrations have been suggested ... One source states that the tradition of birthday parties started in Europe ...

More definitions of "birthday":

  • (noun): The date on which a person was born.
    Synonyms: natal day

Famous quotes containing the word birthday:

    Some days your hat’s off to the full-time mothers for being able to endure the relentless routine and incessant policing seven days a week instead of two. But on other days, merely the image of this woman crafting a brontosaurus out of sugar paste and sheet cake for her two-year-old’s birthday drives a stake through your heart.
    Melinda M. Marshall (20th century)

    Since mothers are more likely to take children to their activities—the playground, ballet or karate class, birthday parties—they get a chance to see other children in action.... Fathers usually don’t spend as much time with other people’s kids; because of this, they have a narrower view of what constitutes “normal” behavior, and therefore what should or shouldn’t require parental discipline.
    Ron Taffel (20th century)

    About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922)