Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday - plus 800kg of chicken for the poor.
The Vatican said the meat, provided by a Spanish producer, would be distributed to soup kitchens.
Francis also greeted eight homeless people bearing sunflowers during his general audience yesterday, held under brilliantly sunny skies in St Peter's Square.
As he drove around in his open-air car to greet the crowds, children handed up birthday cards they had made for him. Francis asked one: "Did you make this? It's good!"
Others held up signs reading "Feliz Cumpleanos" ("Happy Birthday" in Spanish) and sang to him.
Outside the square, dozens of couples danced the tango, the Argentinian pontiff's favourite dance.
"It looks like a two-by-four," said the Pope - a reference to tango.
"The tango is a dance that unites all people no matter where they come from," said Patrizia D'Aquino, part of a group from the Abruzzo region of Italy.
Despite the joyous occasion, Francis ended his birthday audience with a sobering prayer for the numerous victims of recent "inhuman terrorist attacks" in Australia, Pakistan and Yemen.
"May the Lord receive in his peace the dead, comfort the relatives and convert the hearts of the violent who don't even stop in the face of children," Francis said, in reference to the tragedies.