Do you still celebrate your birthday?

October 31, 2009 6:15pm CST
I remember that I used to love my birthday when I was younger. You were excited about gifts, got special treatment (e.g. no homework) at school and of course there was a big party with all your friends. But in the last few years I noticed that the birthday becomes less important and recently I haven't had a real party any more, just a nice meal out with my husband. It just doesn't seem that important any more. Do you still celebrate your birthday in style? If not, when did you stop and why?
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@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
31 Oct 09
We only have parties on the "big" birthdays now - 30, 40, and so on. The rest of the time, we have a family dinner with a cake for whomever is having a birthday.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
1 Nov 09
Agree with cutepenguin, When we grow order, we actually choose to celebrate our birthday at certain special age with a BIG celebration. The rest of the time, we do have a small celebration at home with our loved one, kids and family. For me, birthday is very important to me. I don't hope for what ever big celebration.I count my blessing as my hub, kids and my family members get to celebrate my birthday with me every year. I just have my birthday in September. I was so happy when my 3 years old daughter greet me : Happy birthday mummy!!! It was so touch!
1 Nov 09
That's pretty much what we are now doing. Normally we just go for a meal. But the big birthdays somehow need something special.
@gaiza12 (4885)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
Yes i still do celebrate my birthday, but not really in style. Just with friends and family..simply birthday celebration really. Nothing classy or expensive.
2 Nov 09
It should be more about celebrating than spending money. There is nothing wrong wtih a simple but heartfelt celebration.
@gaiza12 (4885)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Correct! and most especially spending it with your loved ones :)
@yan_blue8 (1438)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Hello there taraelocin! Good to hear that you used to love your birthday when you were younger. In my case,when i was younger, i always see pictures of my birthday celebration in my sister's own birthday party only.lol! So it means that mine is not celebrated. I was born in the month of August which i believe is a "poor" month in my country. When i reached 18, i decided to start celebrating my birthday already (since i was not given the chance to celebrate my own before) I used to buy ice cream, and at least 2 cakes for my birthday and other foods, just like there's a party. From then on, i always make a point to have it celebrated every year.
2 Nov 09
Good that you celebrate now! Just spoil yourself! I am born in August as well - it's a lucky month! :-)
@smileonstar (4012)
• United States
1 Nov 09
Hello, when I were a little, I always think two things are important to me... one is married day and birthday. But after I married, seem like everything changed, no birthday and no anniversary either. You are lucky enough that your husband take your out for dinner... my husband??? lolz he doesn't even remember when is my birthday either... well, there are not important to me anymore cuz I dont care about who remember or not... I just focus on my children more.
2 Nov 09
Kids certainly take over. But there is no harm in having one day for yourself! Just remind your husband next time your birthday is around the corner!
@sender621 (14934)
• United States
1 Nov 09
I guess you could say that i still celebrate my birthday. I usually don't have a party or anything that dramatic. I usually have family or friends that take me out to lunch and dinner. Someone will bake me a cake and family and friends bring me gifts. When i was younger, birthdays were considered to be as important as holidays. Now they are just a sign of getting one year older.
2 Nov 09
I remember turning 30 - I felt old then! But just for the day! Now I am as young as ever again... It's all in the mind!
• United Kingdom
1 Nov 09
I guess I have forgotton what it is like to celebrate a birthday. Every year it's the same! I carry out the same routine and I'm really ok with that. I think parties and things like that are mainly for children although I know that adults can have a pretty good time with it too. I have never had that myself though so I'm a stranger to the whole process. Still, I like to treat myself and I may buy something nice for myself on my birthday, I think that everyone deserves that! Things are so difficult now financially, it's almost impossible for me to go out for a meal or something of that nature. I'm positive though and happy within my own shell! Andrew
2 Nov 09
I know what you mean. But saying so - a meal in with friends or family, with everyone contributing some food or dring, doesn't have to be expensive and can make a special day.
• China
1 Nov 09
No, I didn't celebrate my birthday for a long time. Because I think that it is very trouble to me. I have no more free time to prepare for something, and I always have no idea to food prepartion.
2 Nov 09
I'd just tell everyone to bring something for a buffet! That's an easy way out. :-)
• Italy
1 Nov 09
My birthdays as a kid weren't happy, most of them weren't, I remember many of them spent crying, as I cried my 17th birthday I decided that'd be the last, so on the 18th I picked up and spent the whole day out, among strangers I had a better birthday. I do the same every year now, so for me the celebrations really started when I was grown up rather than stopping.
2 Nov 09
Sad story. But it's good you made it a special day for yourself.
@kezabelle (2984)
1 Nov 09
I dont really not anymore, and havent for the last 5 years when my daughter was born on my birthday! We are always so busy celebrating her birthday and as im a twin and have other family members birthdays in march (including my youngest daughters birthday too) we often dont have much spare cash to do anything for me, but my partner always cooks me a meal and lets me relax a bit which is lovely :o)
2 Nov 09
I bet! You can't compete with your daughters birthday. But she must have been a great birthday gift 5 years ago.
@colu41 (273)
• United States
1 Nov 09
Yeah. I use to have big parties when I was younger. Stopped when I was about 15 because they started to get boring TO ME. Everyone else had fun but I hated it. Now I just have a little get together with friends at my dads Bowling alley, and have a couple drinks. Other than that, it's nothing major.
2 Nov 09
With 15 I still loved it. But a nice night out can be just as fun as a party.
@kosta007 (36)
• China
1 Nov 09
I never celebrate my birthday,I think my reason is because I am not good at making friends and can't hold a happy birthday.Birthday is normal day,if we celebrate it,why do not we celebrate everyday?I just celebrate a birthday for my father and mother,I just want to let them happy once because they are so old.
2 Nov 09
Well, it's a day to celebrate our life. It was a special day when we joined this world - it certainly was special for your parents!
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
I stopped having parties ever since my parents retired from work. Parties can be costly, so I opted not to celebrate extravagantly anymore. Since then, we only had a simple dinner at home during my birthday. I found out that having a celebration with the people who really matter is more fulfilling than having an all-out party with no one to talk to that much as everyone's busy having a good time.
2 Nov 09
True, a small celebration is not only cheaper, but can also be more personal.
@SouravRC (248)
• India
1 Nov 09
Birthday celebration is important to me. Not because i'm very important or famous. It's just that it gives a chance to enjoy party with friends and family. Everyone enjoys and that gives a lot of happiness. With time when people grow older they stop celebrating their birthdays but I would say everyone should celebrate birthdays... it's real fun!
2 Nov 09
I guess life just takes over and people forget to make their birthday special. But you are right - everyone should celebrate in some way or form. Celebrating your life...
• India
1 Nov 09
yes i celebrate my birthday but only with my parents. not any party, no any friends. my mother cooks some special on my birthday. i cut a small cake and that's all in my birthday. have a nice day.
2 Nov 09
Nice tradition. I bet you can chose your favourite dinner!
@gunagohan (3415)
• India
1 Nov 09
well, this november 6th i'm turning 20....i never had such big parties, i had a bigger celebration when i turned 18... i think this birthday will be a special one for me.. i think of getting some gifts from my friends, but most of my college friends don't remember my b'day..its some of my friends in my neighbourhood will call me and wish me every birthday and they would gift me every time ... i love to celebrate my birthday..
2 Nov 09
Great that you are still close with your old friends.
@sangearn (21)
• India
1 Nov 09
yes, still am celebrate my birthday with my husband and my family. My younger son presented one birthday card i never expected, because he is 2 years old. so celebration is very important in our life .
2 Nov 09
It must make it feel special when your little kid congratulates you!
• Indonesia
1 Nov 09
Celebrating birthday is not a popular thing in my village, in fact no one ever celebrate birthday here, in general celebrating birthday are only done by people who want to go all western and stuff.
2 Nov 09
Do you celebrate a different day like your names day instead?
@yuna15 (2707)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
We still celebrate birthdays but it's just a very simple one, just eating out with my family and all. For children, it's somehow important because it's also a way of letting them feel they are loved. It doesn't have to be an expensive celebration.
2 Nov 09
I think it is also important for children because they get older, grow up, become more freedom from their parents. When we get older, we don't want to be reminded of that fact!
@marguicha (136251)
• Chile
1 Nov 09
I celebrate my birthday when I can. This year I didnĀ“t have a celebration because there were a couple of important guests sick. But I like to celebrarte it. Sometimes I even make it a theme party. For my 60th year, I told the ladies to come as well dressed as they wanted to and the men could come as they pleased as long as they were dressed and the said OHHH!!! HOW BEAUTIFUL!!! when they greeted the ladies. WE need a little applause once in a while. I like to give a party, to have presents and to share with the people I love. Age has nothing to do with it. Take care!
2 Nov 09
A 60th birthday is certainly special. You certainly made the most of the occassion!
@se7enthbird (8324)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
i just turn 35 last october 28 and i still do celebrate it, but just at the houe of my mothers with my siblings, their family and together also with my wife and out three years old son. i still celebrate my birthday as the sign of thanking God on looking forward for another year, giving me blessings and strength to go on. for me it is important, though i have a sibling who lives abroad and he is not around every time i celebrate its still okay for the other sibings of mine are around to celebrate with me.
2 Nov 09
I must be nice having so much close family around. My family unfortunately lives in a different country, so it's too far to visit just for a birthday.