In Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party (1957), Goldberg (a Jewish character) wishes Stanley a happy birthday and says "well over the fast." What does he mean by it? I know that this expression is usually used by the Jewish people as a kind of holiday greetings! But how come Goldberg uses the expression at a birthday party?!!

GOLDBERG. Lift your glasses. Stanley—happy birthday.

MCCANN. Happy birthday.

LULU. Happy birthday.

MEG. Many happy returns of the day, Stan.

GOLDBERG. And well over the fast.

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    I don't understand the surprise shown here. Wikipedia quotes lines that indicate that a) it might not even be Stan's birthday, despite the title of the play and Meg organising a party, so the whole thing's a farce and b) Goldberg is ostensibly out on a holiday, so it might well be near Yom Kippur. What's so surprising about this? – muru Nov 27 '17 at 23:36

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