Is this an unusual story?-Birthday celebration on different days every year?

@kalav56 (11503)
India
April 16, 2008 11:19pm CST
In the house where I was born, my mother never celebrated birthdays as a a special event. When I was in my school, I saw everyone dress up on her birthday and distribute chocolates or candies to all class mates. There was a song" Happy birthday to you' sung by the whole school when we assembled for our morning prayer. Seeing this I felt an odd girl out and got a set of new clothes for myself and candies for my classmates This ceremonious distribution of candies to one by one was also a respite from the teacher's lesson for a few minutes you see. This was in 8th grade. I celebrated it on the date of my birthstar[it was our practice at home to observe the star following our almanac and my mother found it out and told me]]. The next year my birthday[star birthday] fell on a different day the same month. All the others used to observe their dates and I did find it ridiculous saying that my birthday would fall on different days each year. [I still find it funny ] Later, I found out my date of birth and started being consistent in celebrating my birthday. On the other hand, in the house I got married, a lot of importance is given to birthdays and sisters wish their brother and parents wish them without fail.They never forget dates of birth but would not remember the star birthday. Do you find this star birthday unusual?
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4 responses
@comfort55 (1574)
• India
17 Apr 08
Its true Kalav that most of the families in india observe traditional calendars and celebrate all the occasions accordingly. My parents don't even remember my date of birth,infact of all we 3 sisters except my younger 2 siblings because by that time they had become aware of remembering dates. So if I ask my birthdate, my mother will start calculating that after my birth I took my first bath on such & such date ,after that it was Lohri(north Indian festival)so it must be this date. I decided my own date after wedding(because everybody used to ask me & I would feel shy if I tell them that I don't know my exact birthdate).So its nothing unusual in most of the families here at least.I've my own decided birthdate to tell people!!!!
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
18 Apr 08
Thank you for the response and for that extra information.I found out my exact date from my father when i was in school itself, and after I left school, with my certificate bearing testimony to the fACT, i WAS NEVER IN DOUBT AT ALL.
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@momathome (476)
• Canada
6 Jul 08
I have never heard of a star birthday. But I think it could be a good thing to make up your own date of birth. That way you can be younger than what you really are..lol! It's amazing how much each family is different and unique with everyone in the world each having there own traditions or beliefs!!
@heartonfire (4132)
• Denmark
6 Jul 08
hmm, here we get birth certificates right after we are born ,it's true that some make it later and then the birth date will be the same as the certificate was made but they still remember the exact birth date and celebrate that one. i never heard of the star date...how can i know mine?:d that would be interesting.. and how is it calculated?
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@Winter08 (441)
• Canada
27 Jul 08
A star birthday would be unusual in the farming area where I grew up. But, if a star birthday works for some, why not? I think that people should celebrate whenever they want to celebrate ... star birthday, physical birthday, or just any day that feels like it would be a grand day to celebrate something. However, having a birthday marked by one specific day does make it easier for others to offer greetings and congratulations. Happy Birthday on whatever day you celebrate it.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
28 Jul 08
Thank you so much for the wishes and the response and incidentally, your response was so much after my heart. On July 23rd it was a friend's first wedding anniversary and I wished her[sent her a mail] She is a youngster and replied to my teasing queries that there was no anniversary special because she was in NewYork and he was in Cleveland. I wrote to her saying that it really did not matter and suggested that she should keep one 'wedding anniversary substitue' day and celebrate it in lieu of 23rd by planning a special outing and she agreed with me that it is important to keep the magic alive.This is so similar to what you have written and whatever day it is , be it a star birthday or substitute celebration day the important thing is that the occasion should not be left out.
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