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What are some pagan birthday traditions?

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Pagan birthday rituals typically involve common practices such as eating birthday cakes and giving presents, and may also include devotional or meditative activities, such as preparing a birthday altar, or activities that celebrate a person's connection to nature, such as having a bonfire or playing organic music.

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Early Christians coined the term "pagan" to describe any non-Abrahamic, typically poytheistic or pantheistic religions, and generally used the term as a pejorative. Modern practitioners of pre-modern European-type nature worship have reclaimed the term, among them Wiccans and Neo-Pagans, but rituals vary significantly. Pagans usually value birthdays, and connect them to the cycles of the earth and the cosmos, but other annual events, such as the solstices and equinoxes, may carry more significance and give greater cause for celebration.

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