The birthday ceremony is a celebration of fulfillment of a new year of life on the planet earth.
Family and friends form a sacred circle so that the celebrant can be presented to the seven directions, universal cosmic energy, mother earth, the four cardinal points, and the site guardians.
The celebrant is cleansed and blessed with copal incense and rue (a plant used to deflect negativity). Energy is spoken of on this special day, and gifts are given along with a shower of blessings. The ceremony closes with songs as an offering of seeds and flowers is commended to the sea.