do NOT celebrate 40th birthday?
please note, i would appreciate it, no funny answers or remarks, because i feel rather strong about the answer i got. from several people who's judgement and answers i trust...
in russia apparently you should NOT celebrate your 40th birthday with people that are NOT your closest familie. only the 40th and no other one.
you can celebrate at home, in a restaurant this is fine, but just do not invite friends,collegues or aquaintances. or fi they should arrive unexpectedly, you will politely tell them that they will not invited ( if there is a birthday celebration going on) and they should not be upset or take it personally.
as many of us know who are longer in russia ( and people of orthodox faith of course) that 40 days after a person dies, the soul goes to heaven.
and this date, 40 days is apparently also associated with the 40th birthday. it sounded rather confusing to me but people asked me several times not to celebrate the 40th birthday with 'strange' people.
( it is by the way not my birthday and i am catholic, so i ownder if/how that would have affected me some many years back.....)
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