It may be your birthday, but why stop at just the day? Think big!


I had the pleasure of meeting a friend of a friend who is an odd, quirky sort, in a wholly endearing sort of way. When her birthday comes around, she isn't satisfied to have just one day of celebration. Or even a week. No, she takes the entire month. The entire month of March is open season for taking her to dinner, getting her a gift, or otherwise celebrating what an awesome person she is.

Every year I receive an automated reminder, "X's birthday: all day." And I say to myself, "What, just the day?"

Bonus chatter: Her father is from Turkey, and her mother is Swiss (so she's a deli sandwich, half turkey, half swiss, har-har). For her birthday one year, I knitted her a pot holder which was the Swiss flag on one side and the Turkish flag on the other. It was a fortunate coincidence that the two countries have the same color scheme on their flags.

Comments (21)
  1. SMW says:

    I have an aunt that attempts to celebrate the entire month of January as her birthday.  Everybody ignores that; she only gets one day, and we pretty much don't even celebrate that.

  2. My wife says that her birthday is a national holiday.

  3. kog999 says:

    "The entire month of March is open season for taking her to dinner, getting her a gift, or otherwise celebrating what an awesome person she is"

    I suspect that she wouldn’t mind being taken to dinner, getting a gift, or otherwise celebrating what an awesome person she is any time of the year March or not.

  4. mitch says:

    She needs to marry someone from Russia.

    Then you could refer to her as a "Turkey Swiss with Russian".

    I just have to figure out how to work in either Italian bread or a Portuguese roll without this thread becoming NSFW.

  5. No One says:

    My birthday is a national holiday in a few nations.  Not my nation unfortunately.

  6. yum says:

    Interesting pot holder : one side Islamic crescent, and on the other, the Christian cross.

  7. tinfoil says:

    I was fed up with my birthday landing on a Tuesday or other un-fun day, and when I was young I decided to change my birthday to "2nd Friday of September". It works much better this way, all my friends / family observe it, and I have the added celebration when my birthday lands on my actual birth date as I write it on official documents.

  8. Jim says:

    Notabaly it's a female. I guess that they have a ptential to give a birth, and they are more eager to celebrate the 'Birth" Day!

  9. Silly says:

    My birthday is the 16th, but since moving to the southern hemisphere I have 'moved' it to the 17th, the excuse being that the 17th down here is technically the 16th in North America. This has the advantages of the 17th being St Patrick's day, which is a great reason for pubs to have specials on beer, Facebook Inc doesn't have my real date of birth, and I get to maximise the psychological time before I have to face being a year older. The disadavantage is that some friends and family who know it's really the 16th wonder if I'm being vain by having a two day birthday window.

  10. sirin says:

    Month? Why so small?

    Celebrate the entire year!

  11. @Silly says:

    I guess it's not uncommon that the rather painful process of giving birth crosses the day boundary, giving excuses to have two birthdays: one for upper body and another for lower…

  12. cheong00 says:

    I have cousin that has birthday with possiblity to overlap on "Everybody's Birthday" day (one of the Chinese traditional special days). During her birthday, she may receive up to 2 birthday presents at the same time or no present at all. (Some say "it's my birthday too, so I don't need to give you present", while some others say "since you're having 2 birthday at the same time, I'll give you 2 presents)

    And my aunt has birthday on 29th Feb., so she "claims to be" many years younger than me. :P

  13. RP7 says:

    It is a bit silly that Windows Phone tells us that a birthday is "all day".  This is just needless clutter.  If someone's birthday was expected to last more than a day or less than a day, it should tell us, but I think that when it's a day-long birthday, it should just assume that we can work that out for ourselves and not waste space with that pointless detail.

  14. Neil says:

    But more birthdays means fewer unbirthdays!

  15. Nick says:

    RP7: To the code that shows the birthday reminder, there's nothing special about the Birthdays calendar. It's just a read-only calendar with a number of recurring day-long events. I don't think it's worth the code to make it special.

  16. AK says:

    @Nick: It is incredibly stupid to look at though. It is really worth it if users think of your OS as dumb because of a minor detail.

  17. Daniel says:

    Turkey and Switzerland not only share the flag colors. They also have very similar civil codes (Ataturk used the Swiss civil code as a starting point in 1926).

  18. GregM says:

    "My wife says that her birthday is a national holiday."

    My wife's birthday IS a national holiday in the US, though this is not really a good thing, as it has only been one since 2002.

  19. RP7 says:

    @Nick, I see what you mean, but I agree with AK.  I think it is worth it.  Similarly when the OS tells me that Valentine's Day is a day long, I find that silly.  I'm sure this could be fixed.

  20. Chris says:

    …and my wife's Birthday is 25th December. She says the only time she felt really special was when she celebtated it in India.

  21. Brian_EE says:

    @Silly: "the excuse being that the 17th down here is technically the 16th in North America."

    Last I checked, the 16th in North America is still the 16th in South America. Unless you really meant that you moved to the other side of the world, which is both latitude AND LONGITUDE.

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