The birthday tradition dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who believed that when pharaohs were crowned, they became gods. So their coronation day was their birth day. (Sounds like a sweet gig until you find out theres no desert desserts.) It was the Ancient Greeks who adopted this tradition and added cake.
When did birthday cake became a tradition?
History of the birthday cake Germany introduced a birthday cake during the 15th century at the festival Kinderfest, which was a celebration of childrens birthdays. The cakes during this time were bread-like and very coarse. Sweeter cakes did not come about in this area until much later.
Why do we use cake to celebrate?
That was their “birth” as a god. Ancient Greeks borrowed the tradition but rightfully realized that a dessert would make the celebration all the more meaningful. So they baked moon-shaped cakes to offer up to Artemis, goddess of the moon, as a tribute. Hence, the reason we light our birthday cakes on fire.
Do you have to eat cake on your birthday?
If youre having people over to celebrate a birthday, let them eat cake!, enthuses Magee, who is a big believer in enjoying the things you enjoy. Instead of worrying about fat grams and carbs, she says its fine to simply let the dessert be whatever its going to be. After all, its just one day.
Is it bad luck to have a party before your birthday?
You are celebrated all day long, but never before. In fact, its a year of bad luck if someone prematurely wishes you Happy Birthday or you open gifts before the official date, said Davis. Superstition is not the only cultural difference when it comes to celebrating birthdays, however.
Do you light all 3 Wicks?
If you decide to burn just one wick at a time, still do the first burn with all three wicks -- then alternate between wicks for the single burns, so that you keep the level of wax more or less even across the surface of the candle.
Is it OK to leave a candle burning all night?
If you burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time, carbon will collect on the wick, and your wick will begin to mushroom. This can cause the wick to become unstable, the flame to get too large, your candle to smoke, and soot to be released into the air and around your candle container.