A birthday is a reason to celebrate. But why? What are the reasons for many of our birthday celebrations?
The idea of celebrating the date of your birth is a pagan tradition. In fact, many Christians didn’t celebrate birthdays historically, because of that link to paganism.
Pagans thought that evil spirits lurked on days of major changes, like the day you turn a year older.
The ancient Greeks believed that each person had a spirit that attended his or her birth, and kept watch.
So why do we blow out candles?
The candles were a response to the evil spirits. They showed up to communicate with the gods. A light, in the darkness.
The Germans are credited with starting the kids birthday tradition in the 1700s. They put candles on tortes for “kinderfeste,” one for each year of life, along with some extras to signify upcoming years.
Who’s Birthday is it?
Our birthday! We’ll be 81 years old on October 22! Happy Birthday to us! We thank you members. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be celebrating. Thank you for keeping us in your Ohana!