Some inspirational birthday sayings are "Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years," and "Some things get better with age. You're one of them! Happy birthday." Another one is "Birthdays are filled with yesterday's memories, today's joys, and tomorrow's dreams."
Many cultures celebrate a person's birthday typically with a birthday cake, the singing of a birthday song and the giving of a birthday present to the celebrant. The birthday cake is usually lit with the same number of candles as the person's age or a number candle, and the birthday celebrant makes a secret wish as he blows out all the candles in one breath so that the secret wish comes true. Some cultures hold a pinata in lieu of a birthday cake.
Some cultures celebrate certain birthdays with a rite of passage, such as the "Sweet Sixteen" celebration in North America that celebrates a girl's 16th birthday; and the "Quinceanera" in many Hispanic countries that celebrates a girl's 15th birthday. Coming of age is celebrated in many cultures, such as a Hindu male child's 12th birthday, known as the "Upanayana," a Jewish male child's 13th birthday, known as the "bar mitzvah," and the Jewish female child's 12th birthday known as the "bat mitzvah." On the other hand, Japan celebrates a man or a woman's coming-of-age day on the 20th birthday.