We love birthdays at GiftSimple. And we believe that everyone should get a gift they really want. But where did the practice of birthday celebrations come from? We did a little digging (i.e. searched the internet) and came up with the following birthday trivia. Let us know what you think in the comments or on our Facebook page. Have you heard any of these tidbits before?
1. The first birthday celebrations were pagan in nature. It was believed that on a person’s birthday he is susceptible to evil spirits so family and friends would gather around the birthday celebrator to protect him.
2. The early Christians and Jews rejected the celebration of birthday as it was considered idolatrous. This changed during the Roman Empire, due to the prominent religion at the time, Mithraism, which was later supplanted by Christianity.
3. The custom of lighting a birthday cake with candles began with the Greeks who worshipped Artemis, the goddess of the moon. That’s why the traditional shape of a birthday cake is round, to imitate the moon. The candles represent the moon’s glow.
4. Close to two billion Birthday Cards are sent each year in the U.S. alone, accounting for nearly 58 percent of all cards sent. Wouldn’t you prefer a contribution to your gift on GiftSimple?
5. The most common birth date in the US is October 5 and the least common is May 22.
6. The day of the week in which the most babies are born is Tuesday while the fewest are born on Sunday.
7. The Sultan of Brunei hosted the world’s most expensive Birthday Party to celebrate his 50th Birthday on July 13, 1996. The cost was $27.2 million.
8. You might celebrate your birthday every year, but your actual birthday only occurs once every 7 years. Not counting the leap years, the date you were born on moves each year to the following day of the week. This means your annual celebration is actually for your birth-date - not your birth-day! In truth the actual day you were born on occurs only every 7 years.
9. The melody of “Happy Birthday to You” comes from the song “Good Morning to All”, which was written and composed by American siblings Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893.
10. A person’s Golden or Grand Birthday, also referred to as their “Lucky Birthday”, “Champagne Birthday” or “Star Birthday”, occurs when they turn the age of their birth day (e.g. when someone born on the 23rd of the month turns 23).
11. In some historically Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries it is common to have a ‘name day’ or ‘Saint’s day’. It is celebrated in much the same way as a birthday, but is held on the official day of a saint with the same Christian name as the birthday person.
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Source: Wikipedia, The Holiday Spot, philSTAR and others