Just out of curiosity, what does one do if his bar mitzvah falls on a fast day such as Yom Kippur or Tisha BeAv or any other of the 6 fast days? Is the seudah passed on to the next day? The previous day? Or is it done anyway on the day on lesser fasts?

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    Does the seudah have any halachik status that you would think it pushes off the fast?
    – mroll
    Jul 22, 2018 at 20:59
  • @mroll Maybe a better question might be Sheva Berachos? (Still not observed, but that’s besides the point.)
    – DonielF
    Jul 22, 2018 at 21:32
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    What do you mean by "his bar mitzvah falls on"?
    – Alex
    Jul 22, 2018 at 21:56
  • @Alex Good point... I mean "his bar mitzvah IS on" or, its the day after and the fast was pushed off Jul 24, 2018 at 12:10
  • @AbrahamMurcianoBenzadon But what do you mean by that? Do you mean that his birthday is on a fast day, that a planned meal is on a fast day, or something else?
    – Alex
    Jul 24, 2018 at 12:50

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Just like bringing a sacrifice, arranging a סעודת מצווה - a Mitzvah meal (feast) does not have to be on the same day.

It's not a Mitzvah on its own and there are no obligations to fulfill at that feast, it is a custom based on the Gemmorah in Kiddushin (31a):

"אמר רב יוסף מריש ה"א מאן דהוה אמר לי הלכה כר"י דאמר סומא פטור מן המצות עבידנא יומא טבא לרבנן"

The feast can be held on the same day, same week's Shabbos or any other date (or years later).

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    Um... That’s not at all where Seudas Bar Mitzvah comes from.
    – DonielF
    Jul 22, 2018 at 21:33
  • @DonielF Then where does it come from?
    – ezra
    Jul 23, 2018 at 1:49
  • @ezra judaism.stackexchange.com/q/75951/9682
    – DonielF
    Jul 23, 2018 at 1:55
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    @Doniel The Maharshal quoted in the question you linked to mentions Al Berko’s source from Kiddushin
    – Joel K
    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:34

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