A birthday in the U.S. is a time for cake, presents, and subtlety telling people the day before that it’s your birthday tomorrow.
A birthday is only one day; the birthday celebrations can go much longer.
Do rules for birthdays exist? Is there a statute of limitations for how long you can celebrate it? What if a birthday falls near a major holiday?
My birthday is April 7, a date that falls during Passover about once every two years. During Passover, there are certain dietary restrictions that forbid cake, most ice cream, and basically any food you eat during a birthday. I don’t care much about my birthday, but if I did, I would probably wait to celebrate until after Passover ended.
Unwritten rules exist for when and how to celebrate birthdays in different situations. I’m writing them down.
- If your birthday falls on a weekend, that weekend is…
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