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how do buddhists celebrate birthdays

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how do buddhists celebrate birthdays?

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Typically, on birthdays, Buddhists practice social generosity, i.e. gift giving, as tokens of friendship and family association; this is done to re-establish connections. Buddhists believe generosity brings joy to the heart. In their culture, many Buddhists don't celebrate their birthdays in the same sense as Christians or other religions do.


However, some Buddhists do celebrate the day of their birth in a more traditional way, similar to the way we are accustomed, especially in America. Buddhists will try to do good deeds on their special day and believe it is even more special to do this on their birthday, in order to receive blessings. Traditionally, many Buddhists visit temples to pray or pray/meditate in a special area of their home on their birthdays.


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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Thanks for the answer.

Might you possibly come up with a few more specific customs (if there are any)?


Hi again Mark, and you're most welcome.

Thanks for your reply and your patience; I was offline when you posted back.

I will research this further for you and get back to you soon.

Hi again Mark, and thanks for your patience.

Another custom I have found, which is performed on birthdays, is called 'animal liberation'. As you know, Buddhism is a religion practiced in many countries. This is part of the birthday celebration in Thailand:

Usually the parents and relatives of the birthday celebrant purchase a number of birds or fish equivalent to the person’s age (this is typical for children's birthdays). They add one extra, as a good luck charm for the next year, as they would want to see the person live another year with them. Some blessed water is then sprinkled onto the creatures by the birthday celebrant who frees them into the water or air, according to the nature of the creature. The myth behind this method of celebration is that it is pleasing to the Gods.

I hope this was of additional help to you.

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