Columnist – Angela Quisumbing
We celebrate our birthday once a year, but that’s not enough, especially for kids. Everyone has a half birthday, but not everyone celebrates it. Your half birthday is generally six months after your ‘real’ birthday! However, because of leap year and the fact that not every month has the same number of days, visit the Half Birthday Calculator to calculate your official half birthday!
You might be thinking, “Why would anyone celebrate his or her half birthday?” There are several reasons why, however here are the four main reasons why it makes sense:
- Your birthday falls in the winter. Sometimes winter birthdays can be a challenge to celebrate. This is when waiting for a half birthday to celebrate in the summer makes perfect sense. More options, more fun, and better weather.
- Your birthday falls in the summer, or when school is not in session. This is the most common reason why people celebrate half birthdays. Children like to celebrate birthday’s with their classmates. They want their parents to take cupcakes and goodies to share with the class and their teachers, half birthdays make this possible.
- Your birthday falls on or near a major holiday. No one wants to share their birthday with someone else, let alone the rest of the world. Sometimes having a birthday near a holiday takes away from the birthday celebrant. Waiting for a half birthday will allow everyone to focus on the celebrant.
- It’s a fun family tradition! Make your kids happy by celebrating their birthday twice a year. They will love you for it; and you can all share this special moment as a family. Especially if you’re celebrating your first child. Those half year marks are something to rave about.
When my daughter turned six months I planned a half-birthday party for her. She was born in January so her half birthday falls in July. We took advantage of the warm weather and went with a full of beach theme. We had such a blast and we plan on continuing the tradition.
Here are some helpful tips when celebrating your half birthday:
- Keep it Simple or vice versa. You can decide to go all out on your birthday or your half birthday for budget’s sake. Just make a decision on which one you want to go all out on. You can always spend ‘half’ the money you would on your ‘real’ celebration!
- Don’t pressure guests to bring gifts. Friends and family may feel uneasy with the thought of having to buy you two gifts a year, so make it easy on them and let them know that a gift is not necessary.
- You don’t have to honor the ‘half’ theme. Choose any theme that appeals to you.
Would you throw a half-birthday party? If so, happy half birthday, to you and/or yours!