Free Birthday Stuff is the name given to the day that some people in many cultures celebrate the anniversary of the day they were born. It is often marked by a Free Birthday Stuff party and/or friends when gifts are given to the person celebrating the birthday. It is also customary to treat people specially on their birthday, either generally acceding to their wishes, or subjecting them to a rite of transition Free Birthday Stuff.
It is thought the large-scale celebration of birthdays in Europe began with the cult of Mithras, which originated in Persia but was spread by soldiers throughout the Roman Empire Free Birthday Stuff. Such celebrations were uncommon previously so practices from other contexts such as the Saturnalia were adapted for birthdays Free Birthday Stuff. Because many Roman soldiers took to Mithraism, it had a wide distribution and influence throughout the empire until it was supplanted by Christianity Free Birthday Stuff. The Jewish perspective on birthday celebrations is disputed by various rabbis Free Birthday Stuff.