Birthday

Jia Jia, the oldest giant panda living in captivity, set a Guinness World Records title for “Oldest Panda Living in Captivity” on Tuesday, with her age said to put her on par with a human centenarian. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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Giant panda Jia Jia eats beside a birthday cake made from ice and vegetables as she celebrates her 37-year-old birthday at the Hong Kong Ocean Park, China today. Jia Jia is the oldest giant panda living in captivity, setting a Guinness World Record.

Tibetan monks take part in a function organized to mark the 80th birthday celebrations of Dalai Lama in Kathmandu on Monday. Nepal ceased issuing refugee papers to Tibetans in 1989 and recognizes Tibet to be a part of China

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Tibetan monks take part in a function organized to mark the 80th birthday celebrations of the Dalai Lama in Kathmandu on Monday. Nepal ceased issuing refugee papers to Tibetans in 1989 and recognizes Tibet to be a part of China

Well-wishers wave Japanese flags to celebrate Japan's Emperor Akihito's 81st birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Emperor Akihito said he  ardently  hoped Japan will strive hard as a peaceful country, as he celebrated his 81th birthday Tuesday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year.

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Well-wishers outside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo wave Japanese flags to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s 81st birthday

Couples dance a tango in front of Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican, December 17, 2014. At the rear edge of the square more than 2,000 people, who came to Rome from all over Italy for the 78th birthday of Pope Francis, danced in "A tango for Pope Francis" event as music blared.

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Couples dance a tango in front of Saint Peter’s basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. At the rear edge of the square more than 2,000 people, in Rome to celebrate the 78th birthday of Pope Francis, danced in “A tango for Pope Francis” event as music blared

The faithful wear traditional costumes a...The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of Kasone Festival to mark Buddha's birthday in Yangon on May 13, 2014.  The festival commemorates the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha. AFP PHOTO/YE AUNG THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

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The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of Kasone festival to mark Buddha’s birthday in Yangon, Myanmar. The festival commemorates the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni 

A group of kindergarten children sing Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Thursday, July 18, 2013. South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday on Thursday, a milestone capped by news that the former president's health was improving after fears that he was close to death during ongoing hospital treatment.

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Kindergarten children sing “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa

Buddhists take a rest under lanterns as they shelter themselves from the sun before a memorial service to celebrate Buddha's birthday at the Jogye Temple in Seoul May 17, 2013. Buddha's birthday falls on Friday in South Korea.    REUTERS/Yang Dong-Wook/News1   (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA

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Buddhists take a rest under lanterns as they shelter themselves from the sun before a memorial service to celebrate Buddha’s birthday at the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul on Friday. Buddha’s birthday falls on Friday in South Korea. 

Children Become Buddhist Monks...SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 03:  Children attend the 'Children Becoming Buddhist Monks' ceremony forthcoming buddha's birthday at a Chogye temple on May 3, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. The children will stay at the temple to learn about Buddhism for 14 days. Buddha was born approximately 2,557 years ago, and although the exact date is unknown, Buddha's official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which is on May 17 this year.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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Children attend the Children Becoming Buddhist Monks ceremony at a Chogye temple on Friday in Seoul, South Korea, ahead of Buddha’s birthday. The children will stay at the temple for 14 days to learn about Buddhism. Buddha was born about 2,557 years ago and his official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which falls on May 17 this year. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun royal salute in Green Park to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 87th birthday on April 22, 2013 in London, England. Gun salutes in honour of the Queen's birthday have been postponed by one day this year as her actual birthday, which is on April 21st, fell on a Sunday.

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Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun royal salute in Green Park to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 87th birthday (April 22) in London, England. Gun salutes in honour of the Queen’s birthday have been postponed by one day this year as her actual birthday fell on a Sunday. 

Members and supporters of the Charlie Circle, a Charlie Chaplin fan-club, gesture after getting ready for the annual parade to celebrate the birthday of Charlie Chaplin in Adipur, Gujarat state, India, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Canes in hand and bowler hats firmly in place, dozens of Charlie Chaplin impersonators tramped through the streets of this small port town in western India on Tuesday to celebrate the birthday of the legendary comic actor and filmmaker.

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The Charlie Circle, members and supporters of the Charlie Chaplin Fan Club, getting ready for the annual parade to celebrate the birthday of Charlie Chaplin in Adipur, Gujarat, India on April 16 2013.