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Not everyone celebrates birthdays, including Jehovah's Witnesses.
A birthday cake is usually decorated and covered with candles. Most of the time, the number of candles is the same as the age of the birthday person.
Coming of age
Children usually reach their age of majority on a birthday.
- In the United States of America and Czech republic, a person can buy tobacco, vote, and become a legal adult at age 18.
- In Judaism, boys have a bar mitzvah around the time they become 13. Girls sometimes have a bat mitzvah around their 12th or 13th birthday.
- In Latin America, a quinceañera party marks a girl's 15th birthday.
A person's astrological sign is based on his or her birthday.
|Month||Modern Birthstone||Alternate||Traditional Birthstone|
|March||Aquamarine||Red Jasper (Bloodstone)||Bloodstone, Jasper|
|April||Diamond||Rock Crystal (Quartz)||Diamond, Sapphire|
|June||Pearl (the only non-mineral), Moonstone||Alexandrite||Alexandrite, Emerald|
|July||Ruby||Jade or Carnelian||Ruby, Onyx|
|August||Peridot||Aventurine, Sardonyx, or Sapphire||Sardonyx, Carnelian|
|September||Sapphire||Lapis lazuli||Sapphire, Peridot|
|October||Opal||Pink Tourmaline||Tourmaline, Aquamarine|
|November||Yellow Topaz||Citrine or Turquoise||Citrine, Topaz|
|December||Turquoise, Blue Topaz||Lapis Lazuli or Tanzanite||Zircon, Ruby|
- Timewell Corp. Website.Birthstones and Gemstones Color