I’ve been told that my birthday is August 1st by a reader, and it’s not something I’d ever heard of.
I can confirm that it’s in fact August 1, which is what the official birthday signs say, but it’s been a bit of a mystery to me.
“I’ve never heard of my birthday being August 1,” I said to the reader, who is from the UK.
“You’ve been here for over a week now,” I added, trying to explain that I’d been here all week.
“It’s not a birthday that we celebrate,” she responded.
I asked her if she’d seen any signs saying August 1 before, and she told me that she’d only seen them around a couple of times, which was the only sign she’d noticed.
When I asked her whether she thought that August 1 was the official date of the year, she told the story of a friend of hers who was born in March, so that would be a logical explanation for her birthday being in the same month.
This is not the first time I’ve heard of someone using the August 1 date as the official birthdate for their birthday, as a story on The Verge notes .
I asked if this is a new phenomenon or not, and the reader was quick to clarify that she was not familiar with the origin of the idea.
My friend’s birthday is not in August 1.
In the US, the official August 1 birthday of the President of the United States is celebrated by the US President on September 1, and on January 1 in many places.
As for me, I’ll be in my backyard for the next two weeks celebrating my birthday.
Update: Here’s an explanation from Ars Technic’s Mary Jo Foley: As with the rest of the world, most Americans have their own birthday and do not celebrate any other official or unofficial dates.
This is because the United Kingdom is the only country in the world that does not observe a formal holiday or birthday, and only the US follows the official dates of the month.
So, if you want to celebrate your birthday, then you’ll want to know when it is, as it will likely be on or before August 1 at the latest.