How dose one celebrate their birthday as per Hindu (Sanatana Dharam) tradition?
As per Shastra there is a specific way to celebrate one’s birthday.
1. Identify your date and time of birth, compare it with the Hindu calendar of your birth year and find 3 things, the Masa = like Ashadamasa or Kartikamasa (there are 12 masas) , Thidhi: the day or moon phase meaning Ekadashi/Dwadashi (there are 15 increments and 15 decrements so find if you were you born during increment or decrements, the first half of each masa is increment and next half is decrements). Each year be aware of when this celestial combination will occur.
2. Get up early, cleanup, let your mother or grand mother or sister or wife apply sesame oil to you head and spine. If possible to your hands and shoulders and massage them by singing songs. Put kunkum to your forehead and harata to you. Finally take their blessing.
3. Take bath, perform you daily nitya karma (like sandhya vandanam or pooja to Kula Deva or Ista Deva). After nitya karma, you have to chant the names of 7 immortals (chiranjeevis) as a sloka. Which are “Aswadhama, Bali, Vyaso, Hanuman cha Vibhishanaha, Kripacharya, Parashuramaha”. By chanting think about them and their greatness and character. After that create a combination of Cow milk, black sesame seeds, and jaggery in a small glass (mix them), sit or stand facing East and silently consume it three times by pouring little by little in your right palm.
4. Wear new washed cloths, and take blessings from your Guru, parents and elders.
5. Visit your nearest consecrated place like a temple and offer your gratitude and meditate (dhyana).
6. Have yourself or your family prepare good pranic meal and sweets for that day.
7. Maintain celibacy (brahmacharya) on that day.
8. As per one’s capacity make anonymous donations. And visit a cow shed and give food to cow like vegetables and fresh grass.
9. Finally, this day is a day of gratitude, contemplation and joy. Spend it in the presence of family, Guru, loved one with joy and fulfillment. And do not waste time in meaningless rituals.