Special celebrations for those born on February 29
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
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.”