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Do We Celebrate Our Birthday Or Our Birthdate?

Updated on February 2, 2015

A Little Semi-serious Fun!

© 2015 El Veasey Publishing

This is just a little semi-serious fun!


Some people get agitated! Some get frustrated! Some get angry! Some think I’m making this up!

What are you talking about! I hear someone saying or thinking!

Well…I’m talking about our birthday.

Celebrating Our Birthday!

Once a year we celebrate our birthday. But not really!

It only appears that we do, because, we just take it for granted that, that’s what we’re doing, because that’s what we’ve been taught and we’ve never questioned it!

We really only celebrate our birthday once every seven years, not counting “leap” years.

That’s crazy! How can that be! Someone may say!

How Can That Be!

Well here’s how that can be

Let’s say you were born on Monday Jan 1 1998

Your birthday is Monday. The month is Jan. The year is 1998

So far so good!

Here’s the interesting thing! Your birthday will only occur on Monday, once ever seven years

Not counting leap years.

How is that possible?

Here's How That's Possible!

The date you were born on, Jan 1, migrates one day every year through the week, until it arrives back at its starting point: your actual birthday: Monday Jan 1 2005. The day and the year advance, but you celebrate your birthday on Jan 1 regardless of what day Jan 1 falls on. If the day you were born on was Monday. The following year it will occur on Tuesday. Then Wednesday and so on and on ad infinitum. Not counting leap years.

How Some People Reacted To This

When I’ve pointed-out this process to certain people. They’ve accused me of “nit picking!” ”Making this up!” Or just trying to be clever! None of which is true!

It’s seems that it’s hard, for some of us to “see” something, that we’ve always taken for granted in a “new” light. It upsets us when it’s pointed out, that what we’ve been taught to believe, may not be the way we’ve been taught to perceive it and practice it.

So what say you?

Are you really celebrating your actual birthday every year?

Or are you really only celebrating your birth date…the anniversary of your birth, until your birth-date migrates through the days of the week until your birth-date and birthday coincide once again?

I look forward to your response

Thanks for listening!

Voice Your View On This Poll Thanks!

Are We Really Only Celebrating Our Real Birthday Every 7 Years?

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    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      usually we say, when is your birthdate not birthday. But we wish happy birthday not birth date

    • vveasey profile imageAUTHOR

      VC L Veasey 

      3 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Hi Eric!

      I said excluding leap year/not counting leap year

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So what does leap year mean in all of this?


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