Everyone has one and is probably one of the most important days of a person’s life. Birthdays are celebrated by not just the person with the birthday but also the family.
Did you or someone in your family celebrate a summer birthday?
I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Why the Summer Months?
There’s no real scientific reason why the summer months are the most common for birthdays. September happens to be the 9th month of the year. If you go back nine months to January, maybe into November and December, it might be a coincidence that people are spending more time together indoors because of colder weather and holiday festivities with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
Ranking of Birthday Months by Popularity
The sources don’t really agree on which month is the most common, but to give you an idea, below is a ranking of birthday months by popularity. Does this ranking surprise you?
Is Your Birthday in the Middle of September?
If so, you’re not alone, according to MedicalDaily.com, September 16th is the most common birthday for people in the United States.
How Do We Celebrate Birthdays?
Birthdays are typically celebrated with parties and celebrations that include cake, ice cream, gifts or special family trips. Relatives and friends who live far away may send a birthday card to say Happy Birthday and to let the person know they are thinking about them.
Some birthdays come with special life milestones, sometimes specific to a person’s heritage.
- Bar Mitzvah/Bat mitzvah is a religious ceremony and tradition for Jewish boys and girls when they turn 13. It is their coming of age.
- Quinceañera is a Latin American celebration when a girl turns 15 to mark her passage into womanhood.
- 16 is the legal driving age in the United States. Do you remember your first car?
- 18 is when a person is considered a legal adult.
- A child may be graduating from high school
- A person can vote in a local, state and national elections
- A person can register for service in the without parental consult
- Get married
- At 21, it is legal to consume alcohol and gamble
- 65 is a common retirement age
Remember to take pictures or video at a birthday party. These might be the most photographed events next to a wedding. Capture the memories!
Fun Fact: The blowing out of birthday candles lives in Greek Mythology. The Greeks would make round cakes to honor Artemis, the goddess of the moon. The lighted candles would represent the glow of the moon. The smoke from the candles would carry the prayers and wishes to the Gods who lived in the skies.
Birthdays and Genealogy
When you’re conducting genealogy research, birthdays are probably the most important date to confirm. With an accurate birth date, it helps identify and confirm other records for specific people…..especially if there are records for persons who shared the same name.
Do you ever notice birth date trends? Do you have ancestors that were born in the same month or season? I know in my family, June and July were popular birthday months.
How do you spend your birthday? Does your family celebrate with you? Is there a common month in your family where there tend to be more birthdays than others? Do you have albums and videos of old birthday parties? Do you use them to teach your family about their ancestors?
Tell us about your birthday in the comments!