Beginning of the birthday tradition

July 16, 2020 Lokesh kumar 0 Comments


Birthdays are the days that are spent with love, happiness, and cheerfulness together with our family and loved ones. Birthdays are the loudest reminders of how fortunate we are to be born to our parents. The birthday celebration started with a very dramatic and timely evolution in different parts of the world.

We humans in the process to become more civilized and cultured have traveled a long and enduring way. We have marked days that symbolize happiness, beginning of seasons, festivities, and peace. Birthdays and anniversaries came into existence only after the calendars were discovered. Birthdays came all way from being an unrecognized event to the most popular and celebrated event. The birthday bashes we hold today were started from scratch to reach the exotic trend it has become.

Today we all order birthday cakes, curated gifts, flower bouquets, and other gifts for our loved ones on their birthday but where from all this started.

Egyptians anniversary gift ideas Egyptians are known to have held the record for the most ancient birthday celebration of their pharaohs around 3000 B.C.E. According to Egyptologists the date of the pharaoh's crowning was considered as the date of birth of the new god (as pharaohs were worshipped and considered as an epitome of God). This belief and ideology of Egyptians turned the coronation date more valuable than the actual birth dates of pharaohs.

The most important part of a birthday celebration are cakes without which birthday celebrations remain incomplete or unsatisfactory. These amazing baked boons were a gift of Egyptians to the world. Egyptians were known to have mastered the advanced baking techniques much before than any other country of the world. Cakes were a part of the offerings made to gods and pharaohs.

Greeks illuminated these baked boons. The Greeks most likely adapted the baking culture from Egyptians and started baking lunar-shaped cakes for Artemis the goddess of the moon. To create the radiance effect of the moon and to pay tribute to the glorious and kind goddess the Greeks embedded their cakes with lit candles to illuminate them. The world adopted this methodology of Greeks and Egyptians and got the culture of candlelit cakes.


Romans started the culture of the birthday celebration for common men. Although they limited their culture to male gender only but with this culture they marked the beginning of birthday celebrations for non-religious figures. The cakes were baked containing nuts, honey, grated cheese, and wheat flour. Romanian government introduced public holidays for renowned people of society. The women were not allowed to celebrate their birthdays until the 12th century started.

Ancient Christian mythology considered birthdays as a pagan culture. Christian mythology considers humans to be born with "sins originally" and hence their birth was not recognized as an event of celebration. After the 3rd century revolution and reform of ideology took place and hence Christan churches reflected the holidays of Christmas as the birthday, Jesus Christ. Although initially, the Christians were skeptical to join the birthday celebration trend for around 100 years they later transformed their ideology to adopt the culture.

Germany observed the most enthusiastic celebration of birthdays. German children were brought to an auditorium like places to cut their birthday cakes as the German ideology believed the supernatural powers to exchange the souls of children through this offering. They also considered the guardian or human in charge of the event might perform something supernatural to exchange the souls of children with the evil spirits. They lit candles and embedded them in the cakes to scare off the evil spirits from the cheerful event. Later they started to define the candle culture as a symbol of long-life and prosperity. The number of candles was counted based on the age of children plus one to bless them with one more year of age at least.

Americans added the music to the celebration. Two American teachers Patty Hill and Mildred J.Hill in 1893 wrote a song titled "good morning to all" for their school assembly whose beats turned out to be so catchy and loving that it was on the mind of every American of the time. Later many versions and dubbing of the song were made, one of which was the very famous "Happy Birthday" song.

The Industrial revolution played the most significant role in bringing the cake and birthday traditions within the reach of common people. The bakers started taking orders for pre-made cakes that were relatively cheaper than the initial rates of cakes. Before this revolution cakes were considered a matter of expense and only the rich could afford the ingredients required for the baking. With the industrial revolution, birthday celebrations and cake consumption got generalized for quite a lot of sections of society.

With trade businesses, migrations, and communications this culture traveled the whole world to become the most awaited event of celebration and happiness.

Many advancements were made to the baking techniques and candle designs that followed the new collections and remakes of the birthday songs. The gift culture accompanied the celebration to bring out the exciting bashes we have today.

Surprise your loved ones with flower bouquets, exotic sweets, chocolates, and cake delivery in Bangalore on their birthday to make them wrapped in love.

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