Every year we celebrate our with cake, candles, balloons, and a party. Whether youБre throwing a party for your kids, filled with presents, and colorful decorations, or youБre wondering where that last year went as you drink one more glass of
and toast to another year of survival, birthday parties are annual and inescapable. But where did all these traditions start? The first record of a is from the times of the Egyptians. In Ancient, when someone was crowned as a pharaoh, they were then considered to be a god. This coronation date was consequently incredibly important, and deemed more important than their actual birthday. In the Bible, there is a reference to the PharaohБs coronation day. This is believed to be the first note of a, which was, of course, celebrated, to mark the amazing transition from human into deity. and candles werenБt part of the Egyptian БbirthdayБ celebrations. For this, we have the Greeks Бб who, like the Egyptians, celebrated the birthdays of gods and goddesses, rather than of us mere mortals Бб to thank. The Greeks would honor their lunar goddess, Artemis, by making moon-shaped cakes and placing on top of them.
The candles were there to represent the beautiful light of the moon, and were the start of a long-standing tradition. The first people to start celebrating the birthday of the humble human being were the. WomenБs birthdays were not celebrated (the first record of a birthday celebration for a woman is in the twelfth century), but the birthdays of male friends and family members were celebrated ever year. The government took birthdays so seriously that it even created public holidays to make the birthdays of the most famous and important citizens. For centuries, Christians considered birthday celebrations to be an evil, pagan tradition, so they discouraged and ignored them. However, eventually they changed their mind, and started marking JesusБ birthday by celebrating every year. With the churchБs endorsement, birthday celebrations began to become more and more common. Thankfully, the Germans eventually came up with a suitably sweet way to mark childrenБs birthdays:. In the eighteenth century, Germans celebrated kidsБ birthdays with БKinderfeste,Б and was an incredibly important part of this celebration.
And not just any : cake topped with candles. Every child was given a cake with one candle for every year they had lived, plus one extra to symbolize the hope of living another year. When blowing out the candles, every child had to make a wish, just as we still do today. Sadly, havenБt always been as sweet and delicious as they are now. Sugar and sweet ingredients used to be incredibly expensive and hard to come by, so sweet, decorated cakes were reserved for the incredibly wealthy. To our great relief, when the Industrial Revolution came along in the late eighteenth century, this all changed, and everyone was able to get his or her hands on sugar to, or to buy premade birthday cakes. The final key component of birthday parties, the БHappy BirthdayБ song, wasnБt created until 1924. A musician named Robert Coleman edited a song sang by schoolchildren every morning, and created the БHappy BirthdayБ song, which has been a key feature of all, alongside the cake and candles, ever since.
You can have your cake and learn about it too. No birthday is complete without some cake в after all, itВ makes turning another year older a little more bearable. But where does eating cake on a birthday come from? And who thought it would be a good idea to stick flaming candles on top? В Whether you\’re a fan of traditional cake or prefer something a little, here are some theories on the origin of birthday cake. Although they weren\’t used to celebrate birthdays, round cakes and candles in Ancient Greece honored Artemis, the moon goddess. Round cakes were meant to look like the moon and the candles on top made the cakes give off light just likeВ вВ you guessed itВ вВ the moon. Very creative, Greece. It wasn\’t until later (during the Middle Ages) that cakes found their true calling в celebrating a birthday. Called Kinderfeste, this German version of a child\’s birthday party included a cake with candles, one for each year they had lived and an extra for the year to come. Wishes were made, cake was eaten, and mankind got one step closer to the origin of theВ as we know it.
Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice During the Middle Ages, the sweet-tasting cakes that we\’re used to would only have been for the wealthy. Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, sugar and other ingredients needed for a cake became available to all. Just like that, cakes became a sweet and important part of our lives. I think it\’s safe to say the Industrial Revolution is the real MVP here. A birthday cake can be more than just a way to celebrate a birthday; it can predict the future. In, the number of candles left lit after you blow on them will tell how many years you have until you get married в no pressure or anything. В Another more dangerous tradition involves baking a dime or thimble into the cake. Whoever gets the special slice will become rich (or choke on the metal in the cake, NBD). Birthday cakes may have a long and complicated history, but one thing is for sure: no birthday is complete without them. In the wise words of Katy Perry, make it like your birthday everyday and treat yourself to some cake.