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B-B-B-B-Birthday Celebrations – Quintuple style!

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My mother went into labour as ‘trick or treaters’ knocked on their door the Hallowe’en of 1969. She would say how, as her contractions came, she wished I might hold off just a wee bit til after midnight… By 5am the next day she was cursing but got her way as I welcomed the world on 1st November.

Over the years, I’ve met others born on 1st November and occasionally we even celebrate our birthdays together.

For my 40th birthday, enjoyed a ‘triple treat’ birthday with:

  1. Triple hit - 1st November babies (2009)

    Triple hit – 1st November babies (2009)

    A “young” friend (left in pic) who has such a zest for life, we bonded instantly when we met a couple of years ago. We share a love of good music, laughter and more!

  2. Yup – that’s me in the middle!
  3. An “old” friend (right in pic) – we met in France in 1988. I’ll never forget one party in Mumbai where a guy I just met ever so kindly took it upon himself to ‘introduce’ me to others (thinking I’m a newbie firangi to India)… to discover practically everyone else there and I knew each other from weeks… to months… to years… By the time he came to my “old” friend: “We’ve known each other for over twenty years – I think maybe 23?” He went “I give up! Who the hell are you???”

This year, my partner and I contemplated throwing a combined birthday party (he’s also a Scorpio baby)… even got to the stage of considering a space, set-up for live music jam and the opportunity to open the flood gates to invite the gazillion friends we can never host in our wee apartment.

Til the reality of my work on the Indonesia project and his busy shooting schedule sunk in – tackling anything more seemed idiotic and impractical.

What to do? Naturally, just enjoy a week of celebrations in Mumbai – tomorrow is a video launch/house-warming party, there is Hallowe’en, Diwali and more! With a ‘health warning’ that we come as a ‘quintuple gang’ of birthday celebrants :

  1. Three out of five celebrants

    Three out of five celebrants

    My partner (left in pic) – 6th Nov

  2. Yours truly (middle again) – 1st Nov
  3. My ‘brother’ (right in pic) – 1st Nov (Yeah! Visiting from Canada)
  4. His friend – 2nd Nov (visiting from the US)
  5. The lovely Sahara of Ask Your Sister – 1st Nov (Yippee! Also visiting from Canada)

We plan to have a heck of a lot of fun over the next few days!!

Do you know anyone else with the same birthday? Ever celebrated together?

PS… In the end by popular demand we had a ‘wee’ gathering on my partner’s birthday… invited 20 odd folks with 50+ showing up!

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  1. gina4star says:

    Oh wow, what a great idea to celebrate together! Sounds like it will definitely be a lot of fun! I share my birthday with one of my best friends from home, we used to have joint parties when we were at school! It’s been a long time (my fault for being in Mexico) since we’ve been together to celebrate now though. An early happy birthday, have such a wonderful week! 🙂 x

    • I’m sooo looking forward to celebrating together! Sonoo & Sahara are just special people so means a lot that we managed to make it possible to come together across the globe. 🙂

      So you never know… decades later even across different countries… you and your best friend from home will find a way to meet up and have a joint party!

      As for my week… am slogging tonight so can ease up a tiny bit and guilt free take the evenings OFF!! 🙂

  2. Congrats on the up-coming B-day! Have a wonderful week 🙂
    On a side note: Talking of B-day dates, I doubt any women here would really wish for a 1st November birth for her child. Halloween’d be much better since in my country Halloween isn’t really celebrated but by youths who never miss on a party. The rest are mostly into All Saints Day, which over here has very deep and pagan traditions, and on that day (preferably) people embark on this journey to visit graves of one’s close people, lift candles, etc. Thus celebrating a B-day on 1st November is kinda impossible – every one else is busy with All Saints Day activities, which are important, but not really all that fun

    • “Here” for you is Lithuania, right? Can imagine it would be quite a different experience than growing up in Canada where my birthday brought the fall colours, pumpkin pie and dressing up!

      While All Saints Day is known in Canada, it was a pale shadow of the merriment of Hallowe’en.

      What I find fascinating is how Hallowe’en is now a big deal “here” in India with costume parties galore. There are now small stores that support this trend too.

      Thanks for sharing and I guess I can’t really say “Happy All Saints Day” given its rather sombre and serious character….

  3. gkm2011 says:

    Happy birthday! My brother celebrates on the 2nd as does my Uncle and another family member so a good time of the year!

  4. Expat Eye says:

    Happy birthday! Sounds like a great celebration you’ve got lined up! 🙂

  5. NancyTex says:

    My sister is a Nov 1st baby too! Happy belated birthday!

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