You know, I was just thinking as I wished a member a happy birthday! Why do we celebrate the day of our birth and what is the root of this tradition? People typically get wishes of happiness and special attention on the day of their birth. Why not these same wishes every day? Is this also an African tradition? It's not like there are special ceremonies or rituals performed at the time of our births as African Americans. Usually a woman goes to the hospital, gives birth then goes home. But every year, on the same day, a celebration of some sort usually takes place. Why? What exactly is being celebrated, particularly when it comes to African Americans. Any thoughts?