What is the origin of a Birthday?
To know the source, look in the Torah. In the Book of Bereshit / Genesis the Butler and Baker had dreams. They went to Yosef / Joseph and asked him to interpret the dreams. He did so. To one – the Butler / Cup-bearer he said – In three days he would be restored to his position. To the other – the baker – he said in three days he would be killed.
The interpretation came true. Three days later it was the Birthday of Pharaoh. Rashi Explains he was celebrating the day of his birth.
At that celebration Pharaoh forgave the cup-bearer and condemned the baker.
So what is there to celebrate?
Here are Several reasons
- that you are alive
- that you survived the entire year
- that you are you
- to get gifts
- to start the new year to be a sign for the rest of the year
We all have reasons to be thankful.
Observation of our surrounding, situations and a positive eye will help us to recognize we have more for which to be thankful than the contrary