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A birthday is the date on which a person is born, and a marking of the day a life begins. It is customary in many cultures to celebrate the anniversary of one's birthday in some way, for example by having a birthday party with classmates, friends, family, and even kids in which gifts are given. It is also customary to treat people specially on their birthday, either generally acceding to their wishes, or subjecting them to a rite of transition.
Birthday is considered a special day for the person, and so the person will often get special treatment from friends and family. This is especially true for children who cannot wait for their own special day. In contrast, many adults loathe the reminder that they are continually getting older. In addition to parties, people often get gifts on their birthday. Often, the honored person gets a "birthday hug" from friends and family.

I looked forward to my birthday from the first of June, counting down and circling the days on the calendar as it passed.There were no presents or big parties, it was just special because I got to wear a new dress to school and I could pass out candy to the children.I remember the trip to the store the day before my birthday, I would look at all the beautiful candy tins, it was hard to pick just one because all of them looked so pretty.It was very important to get a nice tin because later on it served as a pencil box and sometimes also a lunch box.I would look each tin over and over again, mine had to be the best, my mother would be patiently waiting ,giving me the extra time that I needed.

At school I was the most important person that day, my friends would hover around me and everyone wanted to be my best friend.I could not wait for the end of the day, when the teacher would call me to the front of the class and ask me to pass out the candy. I opened the Parry's Tin and went around placing a candy at each childs desk and quietly slipping two to my best friend. and giving the remaining candy to my teacher.I dont know if all the children felt like I did, but to me this was the most important part of my birthday, it was not about presents or new clothes. As I grew older this ritual died and gave way to more fun things like going out with my friends, and out to dinner. But when I look back, I still think I had more fun walking around the class room handing out the candy This made me feel very special and I was a princess for a DAY.

61 comments:

southpaw 7:35 AM  

In my 30 years of life i hv celebrated my b'day only thrice.
In my school and college days hardly anybody knew when my b'day was nor i used to share it with anybody.
u r right its considered a special day for the person, so is for me coz i very specially hate and ignore that day....

Prash 7:53 AM  

Happy birthday !

Joyeux Anniversiare ! - French

Compleanos Feliz ! - Spanish

Buon Compleanno ! - Italian

Ravihi janmadinam aacharati ! - Sanskrit

Hongera! or Heri ya Siku kuu ! - Swahili

Pirannal Aasamsakal ! - Malayalam

Mnohiya lita ! - Ukranian

Ilanga elimndandi kuwe ! - Zulu

Janam Din Mubarak ! - Urdu

Fortuna dies natalis ! - Latin

Janam Din ki badhai ! - Hindi

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag ! - German

Yom Huledet Same'ach ! - Hebrew

qu ni sheng er kuai le ! - Chinese (Mandarin)

Kul sana wa inti tayeba ! - Arabic

*smiles*
*shakes hands*
*hugs*
*kiss on the forehead*

Alexis Leon 8:09 AM  

I wish you a very happy birthday. Have fun...

starry nights 8:13 AM  

Thats sad southpaw, you should celebrate your birthday, it is important because you are here.

starry nights 8:13 AM  

Prash...Never been wished before in so many languages. Thanks a million.

starry nights 8:14 AM  

Alexis..Thank you

christabelle 8:24 AM  

starry nites alrite, this is the real d-day. well HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

wanted to say it in my native lang. aw! cant remember rite now!!

christabelle 8:24 AM  

starry nites alrite, this is the real d-day. well HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

wanted to say it in my native lang. aw! cant remember rite now!!

SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP 8:34 AM  

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!!
I too remember the giving toffe session....But I think I liked all of it, the new dress, the celebration in school, we didnt get to wear any thing other than the uniform to school so the dress would be for the party in the evening....Nice memories lady! I am still such a silly kid n want the same even today n now feel so sad tht my birthday is just here n I dont have my gang with me!!

oNCE AGAIN happy birthday!

Sumitha 8:42 AM  

A birthday hug from me too Star!A very very happy birthday to you!

chandni 8:53 AM  

have a good one lalitha!

:)

sudhav 9:07 AM  

happy birthday lalitha..have a wonderful day today and the year ahead..

Prash 9:15 AM  

the languages you see are in no particular order...i just typed what I knew already and searched among my colleagues if they know different languages and ended up like that..otherwise i could have gone with portugese, swedish, bengali or malay...

You have a nice wonderful day today...You are the Princess today (no, you are the Princess everyday°

chet 9:26 AM  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,lalitha. I wish many more to come.

Sarah 11:11 AM  

Wishing you peace, health and happiness..on this day and every day
Sarah

Sorabh Raina 11:52 AM  

happy birthday

and so well written
thanks for taking me back to my childhood days

all the best

JamesBright 4:32 PM  

I wish you a happy birthday. May this day be filled with lots of surprises...!

geetha 6:42 PM  

The princess is now a queen. Happy Birthday. Hope you have a good and memorable one ;)

Saurabh 7:22 PM  

The cake is laid,
On the silver plate,
Balloons red and pink,
Your friends are dear,
Their songs you hear,
Their laughter and revelry!

The candle lights,
Your smile delight,
Your birthday memories,
A girl was born,
Her world adorned,
With happiness and glee!

I don't know you, but after reading so many posts I felt like leaving a note myself. Happy Birthday!

Kuan Gung 8:23 PM  

Happy birthday and thank you for letting me post your writing at my site...great stuff starry nights indeed!

sophie 9:25 PM  

many more happy returns of the day
hugzz

Srijith Unni 9:36 PM  

That was oh!.. cho chweet!!

Hee hee :-)

Happy Birthday Again! I am such a fool ain`t I ??

With Best Regards,
Srijith.

meet_me 9:53 PM  

Happy birthday dear! Many Happy returns of the day...

May ur life be surrounded with the best n happiest things in life.

Njoy ur day...
Take care ...Have fun!!

Gaurav Jain 10:05 PM  

Happy Birthday once again!

Yes, childhood celebration of birthday is always the best. Even for me, when I was in primary schoold (3rd or 4th I think), I used to distribute candies to my class on the day of my birthday. It was also very special because on my birthday, I was allowed to wear my own non-uniform clothes to school :)

By the way, the Garfield strip you have posted is telling quite the other picture. Garfield dreads when his birthday arrives (now-a-days Garfield is visiting the Vet, I think)...

starry nights 10:17 PM  

Christabelle..thank you.

starry nights 10:18 PM  

Scribblez..thanks for your wishes. when is your bday?

starry nights 10:19 PM  

Sumitha...thank you.

starry nights 10:19 PM  

Chandni..thank you

starry nights 10:19 PM  

Sudhav..thanks

starry nights 10:20 PM  

Prash..thanks again.very thoughtful of u to go all out and wish me in so many languages.

starry nights 10:20 PM  

Chet..thank you

starry nights 10:21 PM  

Sarah..thanks. when is your bday?

starry nights 10:23 PM  

Saurabh...thank you so much, was very kind of you to leave me a special poem..thanks, thanks & thanks.

starry nights 10:23 PM  

Geetha ..thank you

starry nights 10:24 PM  

James Bright...Thanks

starry nights 10:25 PM  

Kaun..thanks.& you are welcome

starry nights 10:25 PM  

Sophie..thanks

starry nights 10:26 PM  

Srijith..was sweet of you. thanks.

starry nights 10:28 PM  

Gaurav..thanks..you are right. as u grow older you dont want the birthdays coming too soon.

Dh@v@! 11:38 PM  

Many many happy returns of the day... hope u will have a blast (not Literally)....

May Sky be the limit for u ;)

just manage to wish u on ur b'day... :):):)

starry nights 5:32 AM  

Meet me..Thank you for ur wishes.

starry nights 5:33 AM  

Dh@v@....Thank you so much for ur wishes.

starry nights 5:34 AM  

Sorab raina....thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes.

vkn 8:04 AM  

Many many happy returns of the day Lalitha! Just chanced upon to your blog today via one of the comments at My Dhaba. It is celebration time, isn't it? What are you cooking at home? Cheers!

vkn

hillgrandmom 9:46 AM  

Happy birthday and many more happy returns of the day.
I hated/hate being the centre of attraction & so never really like being singled out publicly. I much preferred just my family knowing.

Delaleuverses 1:28 PM  

I know i'm late, my mother's b-day is 6/27, i'm sure you had a blessed one and more to come

Dotm 4:00 PM  

Hope your Birthday was a special one. I never had a birthday party, funny, but it never really mattered. Mother made a cake and there was a gift and cake with the family after supper was eaten.
Your passing out candy - we never did that. Only time we passed out things was valentines. In little grades we did draw names for Christmas gifts and had a Christmas party at school. I had forgotten about that till reading your post. Thanks for bringing up the memories I had forgotten about.

aklanta 10:12 PM  

Hi

I am so sorry, I missed your birth day...was neck dip in work, and could not visit blogsphere for a long time...however here's a big big b'lated Happy Returns of the Day...

V N 10:39 PM  

belated birthday wishes.. hope u had gr8 fun!! :)

the sunflower 10:52 PM  

belated birthday wishes dear :)

Has to be me 12:34 AM  

Belated happy returns dear Starry. Hope u'd a whale of a good time.

U r so right abt the bdays in skool. yup me too felt the same way & thanks for making me relive those sweet moments of life!

Sp bday hugs 2 u.

Sumitha 1:45 AM  

hey star where are you,waiting to hear from you.How was your Birthday?:)!

Jeevan 2:16 AM  

i recall the birthday wished form my co-students, every one stand and sing happy birthday to you........... and slap.

jac 8:02 AM  

Belated happy Birth day, Lalitha !!

I did not know and I was on vacation.

Many happy returns of the day.

Mumbai Guy 4:38 PM  

Wishing you a very happy birthday.

First time I tried to celebrate my birthday with someone I liked and she never turned up. Kept waiting for her for hours and that was my worst birthday ever.

Last birthday was the greatest ever. Friends threw a surprise party. Though I like birthday celebration, I would not want to make it grand. I just couldn't cope up with all the birthdays around. Really bad wid it.

starry nights 2:37 PM  

Thank u Jac , I hope u had a nice relaxing vacation.

starry nights 2:37 PM  

Thanks mumbai guy.

Keshi 10:38 PM  

OMG it was ur bday on the 28th? Sorry I didnt even know! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES to ya Starry mwahhhhhhhhhhh! And it's on the same day as my mum's bday is :):) WOW!

Keshi.

mathew 8:42 PM  

hi..got into ur blog through silverine..couldnt resist letting you know that even my bday is on june 28th..
BTw cool blog!!!

adi 10:14 PM  

oh no! not june 28 again!!!

happy birthday

though belated ;)

samuru999 12:57 PM  

Starry nights,
So sorry this is late.
Happy belated B-day.
hugs to you!

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