People generally don't give a shit about birthdays. They see it as an occasion where you are supposed to give someone something “just cuz”. They see it as something commercial. They don't see the purpose in birthdays, they don't want to be given gifts because “Oh Im not anything special” and they don't seem to want to give others gifts because "I don't know what to give". They see it, more than anything, as a formality that needs to be endured.
I, on the other hand, see it as the only special occasion worth celebrating. I don't believe in any kind of God or other false idols, I don't believe in blind admiration for authority and I most certainly do not believe that fictional books written by misogynist fag-bashing humans thousands of years ago contain the ultimate knowledge about reality. All religions are nonsense to me.
However, I do “celebrate” Bajram/Ramadan because my family is Muslim. But I don't actually believe in what it is that we are gathering over. I simply like the gathering. And since it means a lot to my mother, who I love, I join in on it. That's all there is to it. It is shallow, in the sense that I only like the company and don't actually give a shit about why we decided to spend time together that day.
But birthdays are different. Because a birthday is much deeper than that. A birthday actually bears some kind of meaning, because that is the day that a particular person was born. A birthday is a celebration of that individual. You are celebrating the fact that they are alive and what they mean to you. And if you give a shit about someone you make sure to take that seriously. A birthday is not something trivial and it most certainly isn't the same as “any other kind of holiday”. Because all other holidays are based on superstition and ridiculous ideas. Friendship is not something ridiculous. Individuality is not something ridiculous. Those are things that are very fucking real to you and they exists in your day-to-day life.
It is something that you can touch. God is not.
It is something that you should embrace and praise. God is not.
The value of your loved ones far surpasses everything else, especially make-believe fairytales about how human beings were created and what their purpose is as slaves for the evil overlord who created them.
A friend of mine once said: "I don't see the point in showing appreciation for someone on a specific day, you should show it on every day." It is a good and noble point. But still a completely fucking retarded thing to say when you're an atheist who celebrates Christmas simply because your surroundings expect you to. >__> If you reason in that manner then you should completely refrain from all holidays and special occasions simply because they are what they are, and instead make an effort to bring people together at random times throughout the year and give everyone gifts. But you don't do that. I don't think anyone does. Because it isn't practical, it's a fucking pain in the ass, and it doesn't even make any sense. Human beings need routine. And not to mention, that nigga hardly gives me "Congratulations!" cards on random days throughout the year and gifts to go along with them so he isn't even living up to his own rationale. It's just something he shat out when confronted on why he doesn't care about birthdays. It wasn't reasonable and it wasn't thought-out.
The fact of the matter is simply that you weren't born on every single day of the year. You were born on one particular day. That day is the occasion when you successfully was brought into this world. The day you truly became alive. And the point isn't that you AREN'T supposed to be kind and generous towards the person every other day of the year. The point is that this is THAT particular day when the person was born, and it only makes sense to celebrate such a thing. That's the keyword: Celebration. It is the ritual. It is the symbolism in the celebration; a birthday is directly connected to the persons value. You don't show that kind of extra attention any other day of the year and nobody could ask that of you either, because it would be a complete pain in the ass and expensive as fuck. So it only makes sense to have one particular day where everything can be focused to make the person feel special. Because if they mean something to you they deserve that.