A birthday is the day when a person was born. In many places, on a person's birthday, he or she celebrates with friends and family at a party, where they eat cake or other foods, and get gifts. It is a common use to offer gifts in packages decorated for the occasion and accompanied by greeting cards.
Customs[change | change source]
Not everyone celebrates birthdays, including Jehovah's Witnesses.
Coming of age[change | change source]
Children usually reach their age of majority on a birthday.
- In the United States of America and also in many other countries a person can vote and become a legal adult at age 18.
- In Judaism, boys have a bar mitzvah around the time they become 13. Girls sometimes have a bat mitzvah around their 12th or 13th birthday.
- In Latin America, a quinceañera party marks a girl's 15th birthday.
Astrology[change | change source]
A person's astrological sign is based on his or her birthday.
Symbolism[change | change source]
Birthstones[change | change source]
|Month||Modern Birthstone||Alternate||Traditional Birthstone|
|March||Aquamarine||Red Jasper (Bloodstone)||Bloodstone, Jasper|
|April||Diamond||Rock Crystal (Quartz)||Diamond, Sapphire|
|June||Pearl (the only non-mineral), Moonstone||Alexandrite||Alexandrite, Emerald|
|July||Ruby||Jade or Carnelian||Ruby, Onyx|
|August||Peridot||Aventurine, Sardonyx, or Sapphire||Sardonyx, Carnelian|
|September||Sapphire||Lapis lazuli||Sapphire, Peridot|
|October||Opal||Pink Tourmaline||Tourmaline, Aquamarine|
|November||Yellow Topaz||Citrine or Turquoise||Citrine, Topaz|
|December||Turquoise, Blue Topaz||Lapis Lazuli or Tanzanite||Zircon, Ruby|
References[change | change source]
- Timewell Corp. Website.Birthstones and Gemstones Color