When a child’s birthday falls on a Sunday, or the baby’s mother’s birthday rolls around a week later, it’s easy to get excited.
It’s a celebration that makes sense for everyone involved.
But for some, there’s a darker side to being a birthday celebrant.
Some mothers have even reported being subjected to sexist remarks when attending birthday parties.
The Irish Sun recently investigated the issue.
It interviewed four women, who said they were subjected to racist and sexist remarks during celebrations at family homes.
The women said the behaviour was “extremely distressing” and one mother described the reaction of her daughter to being asked about her birthday as “a bit of a shock”.
“I just felt that she was not allowed to ask her dad’s birthday because she’s not his daughter,” the mother said.
“She was told that I was making her feel uncomfortable.”
Another woman said she was made to feel uncomfortable by a family celebrating their daughter’s birthday at home.
“They asked her her name and her name was her favourite and her birthday was on a Saturday.
Some people believe that people shouldn’t celebrate their birthday in the same way as others. “
It was just very disturbing.”
Some people believe that people shouldn’t celebrate their birthday in the same way as others.
One woman said that the birthday celebration in her family’s home was a “very big deal” and she believed it was necessary for people to celebrate the birth of a child.
“I felt that we shouldn’t be celebrating my birthday because it was a birthday that we celebrated with everyone.
I felt it was inappropriate and disrespectful,” she said.
In a statement, the Irish National Day Society said the organisation is “supporting the families in the wake of these issues and would be happy to discuss these issues further in the coming days”.
“The Irish National day society welcomes the families who have been made to uncomfortable by the birthday celebrations and would like to make clear that they have a right to celebrate their children’s birthday as they wish,” it said.
A spokeswoman for the National Day Centre in Dublin said: “We understand the difficulties some families face in the early years of life, and we have been in contact with them.
“The National day centres policy is to celebrate birthdays on a non-discriminatory basis.” “
The Irish News understands that the party was organised in honour of a woman who had recently given birth. “
The National day centres policy is to celebrate birthdays on a non-discriminatory basis.”
The Irish News understands that the party was organised in honour of a woman who had recently given birth.
“The mother is the centre of the celebration and is celebrated with great pride,” she added.