My daughter’s Golden Birthday is today. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, your Golden Birthday is the birthday when your age matches the day of the month that you were born. So, today is January 24th and Anna is turning 24.
Since this is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime birthday, it’s called a Golden Birthday. A Golden Birthday is also sometimes referred to as a Grand Birthday, Champagne Birthday, Lucky Birthday, or Star Birthday.
My birthday is August 1st, so my Golden Birthday was my very first birthday. I don’t really remember it but I do have a picture (in black and white) from the day!
Author, Joan Bramsch, first came up with the idea of a Golden Birthday in 1955 when she was raising her five children. Over the years, this fun idea has spread. Ms. Bramsch also has a book about Golden Birthdays which includes general birthday trivia and gift ideas. (www.goldenbirthdaybook.com)
The concept of a Golden Birthday is sometimes confused with a person’s 50th birthday. This must be because a 50th wedding anniversary is considered the golden wedding anniversary.
Some people take the Golden Birthday idea a step further and call the birthday when you turn the same age as the year you were born, your “Golden Year”. If you were born in 1960 and will turn 60 in the year 2020, then 2020 will be your Golden Year…not to be confused with the Golden Years!
I looked in store after store for a Golden Birthday Card for Anna but didn’t find one. Perhaps the card companies haven’t embraced the concept of a Golden Birthday yet.
I did find multiple Golden Birthday Boards on Pinterest for decorating and gift ideas. I also found lots of Golden Birthday gifts on Amazon, including a golden imitation Rubik’s Cube. So, who needs one?