Spe­cial cel­e­bra­tions for those born on Fe­bru­ary 29

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LUD­HI­ANA: While most peo­ple cel­e­brate their birth­day ev­ery year, there are some for whom this op­por­tu­nity comes once in four years as they were born on Fe­bru­ary 29. For this rea­son the cel­e­bra­tions are spe­cial.

“Par­ents want to cel­e­brate the first birth­day of their child with a lot of pomp,” says Banke Bi­hari, the fa­ther of four-year-old Shivansh, who was born on Fe­bru­ary 29. “But my wife and I have got the chance af­ter four years. This year we are go­ing to cel­e­brate Shivansh’s birth­day by throw­ing a big party and invit­ing all our rel­a­tives and fam­ily friends. The day is spe­cial for us and we want to make it mem­o­rable.”

Vi­jeta Verma, who was born on Fe­bru­ary 29, 2004, has cel­e­brated her birth­day only once in 2008, which was a leap year. She is ex­cited about cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day this year. “My school friends, teach­ers and rel­a­tives will be at­tend­ing my birth­day party,” she says.

“On ev­ery year which was

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Par­ents want to cel­e­brate the first birth­day of their child with pomp. My wife and I will cel­e­brate our daugh­ter’s birth­day

af­ter four years

not a leap year my fam­ily used to cel­e­brate my birth­day on Fe­bru­ary 28 or on March 1,” Vi­jeta says. “I never used to like it. But this year I am happy that I will get the chance to cel­e­brate my birth­day in the true sense.”

Vi­jeta’s fa­ther, San­deep Verma, is also happy. “We will visit a re­li­gious place for seek­ing bless­ings for our daugh­ter,” he says. “Af­ter that we will plan for a won­der­ful day for her so that it re­mains mem­o­rable till four years.”

Lud­hi­ana res­i­dent Meenu Kapoor says: “When I was eight, my fa­ther cel­e­brated my birth­day on a grand scale. That year was one of my best and mem­o­rable birth­days.”

“I have been mar­ried for eight years now,” she says. “Though Fe­bru­ary 29 comes once in four years, my hus­band has given me a won­der­ful sur­prise ev­ery year on my birth­day. Last year, he gave me a pair of gold ear­rings, which I love.”

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Sethi Study Cir­cle was born on Fe­bru­ary 29, 1946. His son, Ka­mal Sethi, who is di­rec­tor of Sethi Study Cir­cle, says: “We used to cel­e­brate his birth­day ev­ery year. But this year will be spe­cial. We have planned a for­mal party and a cake-cut- ting cer­e­mony at our in­sti­tute with staff and mem­bers. Af­ter that there will be a party with fam­ily and friends.”

Sim­i­larly, Rekha, a city res­i­dent, is also ea­ger to cel­e­brate her fa­ther’s birth­day. “My fa­ther, Tara Chand Mit­tal, was born on Fe­bru­ary 29, 1956. Ev­ery year, we cel­e­brate it by vis­it­ing a re­li­gious place. My fa­ther likes to hold a lan­gar and do­nate to the poor and needy. He be­lieves in so­cial ser­vice. This year, too, we are plan­ning to do some­thing good.”

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