Birthdays happen once a year for most species on this planet. Some species, for example dogs, grow much quicker than others so one year can see longer (7 years).
Purpose of birthdays
Birthdays, ultimately, mark your presence on earth: On your birthday you celebrate another year on this amazing planet.
Depending upon what culture you are brought up in different ages may have different weight placed on them. In the western culture 18, 21 and 50 are bigger birthdays. Some religions reasons also place different weight on birthdays, for instance, the Jewish bar mitzvah for 13th and 12th birthdays for boys and girls, respectively.
Other cultures, for example those in a tribe within a rainforest, do not even know their age, mainly, because births are not recorded. So birthdays are not everything to everyone. Birthdays are also not always cracked up to what to all the hype they are.
What do people do on their birthday?
It depends, really. Some people:
- have parties in their home or rent a room out
- have a quiet night to themselves
- delay birthdays to a later or earlier date to allow more people to celebrate it, for instance, a birthday on a Wednesday may be celebrated on a Saturday because their culture relaxes at the weekend
- go away on holiday with other people, usually family and friends, or alone
- go for dinner
- spend it with strangers, by spending time volunteering in a nearby charity, for example
This list could go on and on. But I’d like to add to it. What do you do on your birthday? Please comment below and I’ll add it.
Birthdays and the wonderful you
As an individual you are so unique. No one else on this planet has the exact same DNA as you. You are completely different from everyone else. Whatever you do on your birthday take the time to relate to this paragraph. Celebrate your wonderful life because on your birthday you were born X amount of years’ ago. Live and love your life all the time and especially think about this on YOUR birthday (we’ll forget about the millions of other people who celebrate it too).
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