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tbh  people in India didn't even celebrate birthdays! ask you grandparents or parents if they celebrated their birthdays? they probably didnt even know it was their birthday. 

Birthdays are a western thing,  nothing wrong with doing it but our ancestors never celebrated them. 

wedding cakes, wedding rings, first dance, valentines day, wearing black on funerals, baby showers, Christmas trees etc are all western 

our ancestors didn't do any of these things 

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On 4/6/2019 at 2:01 PM, NonExistant said:

Like isnt that against some kind of gurdwara maryada to have a birthday of some random person in a gurdwara

Which maryada?

Puzzled is correct that birthdays were not celebrated or even recorded. My dadi ji was from the pind and back then no one recorded anything. She does not know when she was born. Her age is 89 based on her passport but even that is an estimate and she could be older or younger. 

 

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On ‎4‎/‎7‎/‎2019 at 4:25 AM, puzzled said:

tbh  people in India didn't even celebrate birthdays! ask you grandparents or parents if they celebrated their birthdays? they probably didnt even know it was their birthday. 

Birthdays are a western thing,  nothing wrong with doing it but our ancestors never celebrated them. 

wedding cakes, wedding rings, first dance, valentines day, wearing black on funerals, baby showers, Christmas trees etc are all western 

our ancestors didn't do any of these things 

Your ancestors did not use to computer too to type silly stuff too.LOL

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On 3/31/2019 at 3:25 AM, NonExistant said:

Do sikhs celebrate their own birthdays? Are they allowed? Do amritdhari Sikhs do it?

Do they? Probably most do for their children. It would be strange to celebrate a full-grown adult's birthday.

The point is simply that why would you build yourself up? We're told to think of ourselves as insignificant.

Amritdhari Sikhs celebrating their own birthdays would be a farce.

On 3/31/2019 at 3:25 AM, NonExistant said:

Can sikhs eat cakes?

As in vegetarian? I don't see why not, as long as you're not sharing from the same plate with someone not following rehit.

 

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On 4/1/2019 at 4:06 PM, Wicked Warrior said:

Meh. I was in my midteens when I realised the futility of birthday celebrations. It’s more important to commemorate how many years of naam simran and seva has been done. But even then, these things should be kept gupt. 

Well, the thing is no one is going around blowing out birthday candles, but it would be nice to just tell people that this isn't the actual Sikh way of life. This is just something made up by shopowners to sell cakes and stuff.

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I remember when i was young that the “thing” to do when a child reached their first birthday was to celebrate at home and all the men would get drunk. Compared to this, having a sukhmani sahib path, sangat, langar and cake cutting seems a few steps forward. 

Eggless cakes have been around a while but there’s a few like Cake Box that have popped up locally in recent years. 

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21 hours ago, Wicked Warrior said:

Compared to this, having a sukhmani sahib path, sangat, langar and cake cutting seems a few steps forward. 

Yeah that's seem way better for a Birthday.

Normally on my birthday my parents take me the Gurdwara after school for Matha Tek and listen to Rehras Sahib and the Ardas. Then we go home and just cut cake, eat food etc.

http://gurmatbibek.com/forum/read.php?3,6386,36476#msg-36476

Quite interesting thread. Should read it.

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Cake? What's wrong with besan, you blasphemers? And I don't mean the sweet and greasy besan; the dry, coarse, crumbly besan that the old bibiya make in the Gurdwara when they have a few spare hours; the besan that makes you cough and splutter after one bite is what I'm talking about. Were there cakes in puratan times?!? 

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