IN our country and in our culture birthdays have a special significance, although in other cultures
IN our country and in our culture birthdays have a special significance, although in other cultures and in other countries a birthday is not necessarily so significant.
But certainly in the UK birthdays are usually remembered one way or another.
I do know, of course, of people who prefer to see their birthday as just another day but most people, in my experience, appreciate it being remembered, marked and celebrated even if it is in a very quiet, unassuming way.
At a basic level, remembering and acknowledging a birthday is a chance to appreciate the life and existence of the person whose birthday we are celebrating.
It may be no more than a card, a flower or a kiss between husband and wife/partner or a birthday hug or a simple phone call from a friend — just some acknowledgement that the day is special.
Some birthday celebrations are small while others are considerably larger — none more so than the celebration of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. Although the celebrations are on a grand scale, the sentiments are like those for any other person — gratitude for their very existence and, in the Queen’s case, a celebration of her long life.
For many people, if not all, the celebration of the Queen’s birthday gives an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate her extraordinary service to this country and the Commonwealth and, at least in England itself, to appreciate her role as supreme governor of the Church of England.
The national and local celebrations this weekend from cathedral and church services to grand and small street parties, village fetes and concerts gives us all the opportunity to enjoy the birthday party of a quite remarkable person.