The day which you were born. Usually celebrated each year. Most celebratory customs derive from paganism, including candles on the cake evolving from pagan's practice of surrounding the honoree with large candles to keep the evil spirits away for a year. Most widely celebrated birthday is that of Jesus Christ on December 25. However, the Bible, does not mention the date of his birthday. Info given in the Bible point to his birth being in October.

Birth"day` (?), n.

1.

The day in which any person is born; day of origin or commencement.

Those barbarous ages past, succeeded next The birthday of invention. Cowper.

2.

The day of the month in which a person was born, in whatever succeeding year it may recur; the anniversary of one's birth.

This is my birthday; as this very day Was Cassius born. Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.


Birth"day`, a.

Of or pertaining to the day of birth, or its anniversary; as, birthday gifts or festivities.

 

© Webster 1913.

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