The only birthday celebrations mentioned in the Bible a couple of times are those practiced by pagans.
Then it happened on the third day—Pharaoh’s birthday—that he held a banquet for all his servants. He lifted up the head of the chief of the cupbearers and the head of the chief of the bakers among his servants. Genesis 40:20 TLV
An opportunity came—when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his high officials, military brass, and the leaders of the Galilee. Mark 6:21 TLV
Yeshua HaMashiach and his disciples on the other hand did not celebrate birthdays. He did however tell us to show his death until he comes.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26 TLV
In 1969 Anton Lavey wrote The Satanic Bible. Page 96 (in the 1976 version) mentions birthdays:
THE highest of all holidays in the Satanic religion is the date of one’s own birth. This is in direct contradiction to the holy of holy days of other religions, which deify a particular god who has been created in an anthropomorphic form of their own image, thereby showing that the ego is not really buried.After one’s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht and Halloween (or All Hallows’ Eve). (Lavey A, Gilmore P. The Satanic Bible. Avon, September 1, 1976, p. 96–note it is on page 53 of an online version).
The Satanist feels: “Why not really be honest and if you are going to create a god in your image, why not create that god as yourself.” Every man is a god if he chooses to recognize himself as one. So, the Satanist celebrates his own birthday as the most important holiday of the year. After all, aren’t you happier about the fact that you were born than you are about the birth of someone you have never even met? Or for that matter, aside from religious holidays, why pay higher tribute to the birthday of a president or to a date in history than we do to the day we were brought into this greatest of all worlds?
Despite the fact that some of us may not have been wanted, or at least were not particularly planned, we’re glad, even if no one else is, that we’re here! You should give yourself a pat on the back, buy yourself whatever you want, treat yourself like the king (or god) that you are, and generally celebrate your birthday with as much pomp and ceremony as possible.
It’s interesting that birthdays are considered the most important holiday to Satan worshipers (the founding of their “church”, called Walpurgisnacht, and Halloween are the other practices of importance to them).
Scripture never encourages the celebration of birthdays. However, it tends to speak in a negative manner concerning them (cf. Matthew 14:6-11; Jeremiah 20:14-18).
The early Netzarim did not celebrate birthdays nor did Yisrael. Neither did they celebrate Halloween.
No early religious/church writing from the second century that I am aware of seems to endorse (or even suggest) the celebration of birthdays by those who professed Messiah.
Messiah came to leave us an example to follow. If we do not follow his example we can find ourselves practicing sin and not even realizing it. In ancient Yisrael the student became as his Rabbit. It’s the same thing now since Yeshua HaMashiach alone is our Rabbi. We do what he did and don’t do what he didn’t do. Many people miss this point of scripture and allow themselves to do things that Messiah did not do.
For you were called to this, because Messiah also suffered for you, leaving you an example so that you might follow in His footsteps: “He committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth.” 1 Peter 2:21,22 TLV
Is there a commandment in Torah to wash feet? No, but we do it because Messiah showed us to do it. We do what he did and don’t do what he didn’t do. He is the living Torah, our Master and Teacher (Rabbi) and if so we should live the same way he lived.
You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master’—and rightly you say, for I am. So if I, your Master and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example—you should do for each other what I have done for you. “Amen, amen I tell you, a servant isn’t greater than his master, and the one who is sent isn’t greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them!” John 13:13=17 TLV
To follow Messiah means we live the same way he lived. This shouldn’t be hard to understand when we are spiritually minded. We are to become exactly like him, a reflection of him. Understand the refining fire we endure.
Loved ones, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal taking place among you to test you—as though something strange were happening to you. Instead, rejoice insofar as you share in the sufferings of Messiah, so that at the revelation of His glory you may also rejoice and be glad. 1 Peter 4:12,13 TLV
We are refined as silver. When silver is put on the fire it is to burn off the dross. When the refiner can see his reflection in the silver he pulls the silver from the fire at the exact moment. If he takes it off too soon it won’t be pure and if he removes it too late the silver will be ruined. We endure the same refining in Messiah and at the precise time he pulls us from the fire when he sees his reflection in us.
Everything we do or don’t do needs to line up precisely with the life of Messiah.
Ask yourself, how much do you really want to be like him? How much of a reward do you want in eternity? Do you just want to make it with getting by with what you can or do you want to make it receiving the best rewards you can?
Do you want to be completely like Messiah or just lukewarm as those he will spew out of his mouth?
Are you truly holy (Set Apart) or do you just appear to this world to be holy? Do you just kind of seek righteousness or do you want to be completely like Messiah?