I understand that in some cultures around the world - IT IS the tradition that the ONE whose birthday IT IS has to "treat" everyone else to presents - my own perspective on the matter adopts a far more western cultural position, which some of you might find amusing.
Some years ago I was put into a very embarrasing situation during the time of the CeBIT exhibition in Hannover, Germany. It was March
& following a long hard day with the team we had retired to a Greek restaurant for sustainance. Needless to say "MY team" wasn't the B-Town Allstars despite the fact that I have on occassion been known to perform like this on the dance-floor !
I digress ...
We had been waiting for ages for our food & drink & I was sitting on a long wooden bench at the table with my colleagues, in full sight of the other restaurant guests, when suddenly I had a massive cramp attack in my right leg.
I then had to stand bolt upright, to relieve the tension in my leg,
at which point ALL my colleagues started to sing - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
- which resulted very very quickly in the whole restaurant joining in. Unfortunately my birthday is in May
- so I had to go along with the celebration and so it has been ever since that my friends, colleagues & family take it as read, that my birthday has to be celebrated over a period of days
rather than the traditional ONE day affair - which was always the case when "all roads
led to Rome" EVERY DAY
is Christmas EVERY DAY
is Birthday EVERY DAY
is Mother's day EVERY DAY
is Father's day EVERY DAY
is Sister's day EVERY DAY
is Other's day
THUS EVERY DAY
is Your day