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No. I’m not dying to just to clear the air out.

One more day (IST) for my birthday. And I feel like a flattened coke!

What I was 50 days ago, is completely different from what I’m experiencing  right now. The excitement of turning an year more (although it’s a curse for most of the women, but I accept it gracefully) seems like  just another far fetched dream. Not that I’m sad about walking a step towards old age, but because I won’t get to celebrate it the way I want it too. But to be pretty honest, right now, at this very moment, it doesn’t bother me.

So, gloominess apart, I was just fooling around on Google, searching for some birthday related superstitions, and this is what I came across which is common and observed by the people in different parts of the world:

Belarus, Europe:

  • If you stumble with your right leg, and your birthday is an odd day, or
    if you stumble with your left leg and your birthday is an even day, this means luck.
  • If you stumble with your right leg, and your birthday is an even day, or
    if you stumble with your left leg and your birthday is an odd day, this means bad luck. Then you have to give it away by touching someone, or something.

Bulgaria & Ukraine, Europe:

  • One should not celebrate one’s birthday before the date of birth. This brings bad luck.

Podolsk, Moscow region, Russia:

  • When you become 40 years old, you should try to avoid that any one will congratulate you with your birthday. Reason being receiving congratulations for your 40th birthday, means bad luck for the rest of your life. Therefore, people will try to avoid friends and acquaintances and may leave their house for some days, before, on and after the birthday. This belief is not common in whole Russia, and thus not known by all people.

Poland, Europe:

  • In Poland many people do not celebrate their birthday when they get older/after age of 30 years. They may organize a party on their name day instead.

Romania, Europe:

  • Put candles on the pie, light them and the person whose has his anniversary, has to blow them out (if all are blown at once, the better). Some people put the same number as the age, some put an extra candle (to make the number odd).
Other Birthday related information and traditions:

BIRTHDAYS:  Celebrating birthdays dates to ancient times, when man first began to understand the stars.  It became important to know the exact moment, day, month, and year, of one’s birth.  With these all-important facts, a horoscope could be drawn, and in those days a horoscope was essential.

The Egyptian pharaohs celebrated their birthdays in a big way.  Back then the amount of celebrating a person did generally had to do with the extent of his or her money and power.  Rich Romans held circuses.

We know that Cleopatra and Nero enjoyed their birthdays, as did most Romans and Greeks.  Augustus held a birthday celebration for himself every month!

Good wishes are offered to the birthday person in an attempt to protect him or her from evil spirits.  The chances of spirits causing mischief on a birthday are considered great, because spirits of all kinds are said to be attracted by celebrations and by times of change, and this dangerous combination comes together at birthday time.

The birthday celebration dates to recorded time. The modern party probably started in early Germany, where children were given gifts and had a candle rimmed cake.  (See Birthday Cake below)

Birthday customs changed a lot after Christ was born.  Children were named after saints and celebrated the birthday of the saints after whom they were named instead of their real birthdays.  Today many children celebrate both days.

The idea of someone “worth his weight in gold”  comes from a birthday tradition in the East. Foe example the Aga Khan III on his sixtieth birthday topped the scales at 243 pounds and received that amount in gold and diamonds.

One of the best birthday ideas comes from China.  There people once believed that when a person reached the age of sixty, he or she got to start all over again.

BIRTHDAY CAKE:  Thanks to the Greek goddess Artemis, the goddess of the moon, we have such things as birthday cakes.  Artemis’s birthday was celebrated with moon-shaped honey cakes with candles on top.

Holy books from many religions say that if a phrase is written upon a piece of food, and the piece is eaten, the person will gain the power in the phrase.  Thus we say, “Happy Birthday!”

The superstition connected with birthday cakes actually has to do with the candles:  It is believed that when it is your birthday you should make a secret wish with the candles on your birthday cake. If you blow all the candles out in one breathe your wish will come true and you will have good luck for the year.  However, if you do not keep your wish a secret it will not come true.

So how do Indians celebrate it?

Well, coming from a place, where religion is utmost importance, doing charity work or visiting a temple is considered auspicious. Also we put an extra candle ( & not blowing it) on the cake to brings good luck. Also, most of the teenagers and young adult of today’s generation – who don’t care less, end up blowing away their (or parents) money on lavish parties and getting sloshed till they drop dead.

So I just hope, on my 22nd birthday, I stumble upon, & blow all the candles (apart from the extra one) on my cake to make my wish come true! 😀

 

With a…

Bang!

Well no, not really. God. Exams are finally over. Got done with the toughest semester throughout our engineering life. Couldn’t write in between because of my back to back exam schedule. :/

Anyhow, so it’s been the 2nd day of my vacation and I feel useless already. I have to go for internship for 6 weeks and I guess that is still pretty much undecided. Apart from that, exams went fine. Except one – DSP (Digital Signal Processing), which literally sucked. And I seriously felt like just jumping out of the window as soon as I saw the paper.

Studies apart, had few really nice moments and few shocking.

The good parts:

  1. Exams got over.
  2. I realized that I really can’t live without my boy. (I perpetually happens to me every other day).
  3. I purchased Gems in Restaurant City. (And I wasted them pretty quickly too.)
  4. Birthday update: 30 days left! so bloody excited!
The shocking part:
  1. One of my college teacher expired on the last day of our exam. He had an heart attack and then he fell from the first floor of our college and I guess he died. (I’m really sorry if he didn’t). And there was pool of blood on the ground floor, which made me dizzy and made me pretty nauseating during the paper. RIP to him. He was an amazing teacher (although he hadn’t taught us any subject till now). But he was one the happy teachers. And he’ll always be remembered. God bless his soul.
  2. The people whom I thought I could trust, turned out to be the worst backstabbers.  Me and my boy’s mutual friends, were jealous of him because of his wealth and other bullshit stuff. And because of my friendly nature, took me in a perverted way. So yes. We have plans to bash them up before we graduate.
And I never knew WordPress had some word limit condition. Sucks. And phew. Just made mini pizza’s for few family friends. And yes, they did turn out to be pretty awesome.
I’m so dead tired right now, just need a nice relaxing bed. And can anybody teach me Spanish? It sounds sex! And damn these summer vacations! I wanted to learn drums!!
Adios amigos!
😛
P.S.: I just ate Lindt Double Milk. What an orgasmic chocolate!
PPS: My dad’s off to France and Switzerland. Any amazing chocolate suggestions? Urgent! 😛 And is Goldkenn available there?