In Israel, the most common birthday wish is "Until 120 years!" (well, actually, this is the common blessing for any personal event. Wedding, birth of children... anything!)
But from this comes the idea that 60 is the end of the first half of your life, and the beginning of the second.
I suppose, the fact that 60 used to be the retirement age (many years ago...) also added something to the "half-of-your-life" philosophy.
Anyway, my mom is celebrating 60 on October 2nd! So she's just getting ready for the second half of her life!
Hard to tell by the pic, isn't it? (it was taken last year!)
To be honest, now i'm not sure which of the two layouts will actually be the cover of her 60th album...