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Part 2. Formalities concerning Family Affairs

Chapter 5. The Sixtieth Birthday

Section 1. About the Sixtieth Birthday Celebration

The sixtieth birthday celebration is a commemoration of a person’s life from birth to the sixtieth year and is a time to reflect on the deeper meaning of the fruit of that person's practice and work from early childhood, through the teenage years and into adulthood, to the family, the society, the nation, and the world. Thus, the celebrant recollects appreciation for the significant blessings of the Fourfold Grace during one's long life and also reflects on how much one has made an effort to requite the graces. The relatives and close friends hold this celebration to congratulate this person and to express their happiness at good fortune in this person’s long life that the Fourfold Grace has allowed, and to recognize the recipient's good works and accomplishments, and to ecourage that person in the rest of life.