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Birthdays--Some History Behind These Celebrations of Life

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My birthday is coming up in a week. Do I want to celebrate it? Yes I do, because I am special in my own way. I am the only one like me in the whole entire universe. A long time ago I was told there are seven look-alikes for every human on the planet somewhere. If that is true let it be. My uniqueness lies in my intelligence and my life. And this is the only life I've got. Some people believe in reincarnation but as far as I know this is it for me. Every minute counts as it passes by. Every second is special. Every day has its own life. This is what I feel, especially after all the health problems I have been through. I got second and third chances in life. I better be celebrating it the best way I can.

Birthday celebrations in history date back to the time of pagans before Christianity was born. (Tokenz.com) They were celebrated to ward off evil spirits from a person's life. Back in the days when calenders were not known time was calculated with changes in lunar and solar cycles. A person's birthday was counted with these changes. Famous birthdays from ancient times include Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago, the birthday of King Pharoah 4,000 years ago and King Herod's birthday. (Tokenz.com) Only the kings and noblemen were able to celebrate birthdays because of economic conditions. The kings, ladies and lords were invited to the parties for feasting. Birthday celebrations for children started first with the Germans and they were called Kinder Feste (Kinder=children, Feste=festival).

Birthday cakes came into use by the Greeks who offered them to the moon and Gods as a part of the celebrations. Germans also used birthday cakes during Christmas celebrations. They baked cakes in the shape of Baby Jesus. Candles were lit by the Greeks in order to pray by showing them to the sky, for they believed Gods resided in the skies. Germans lit one big candle in the middle of a cake to celebrate life. Blowing out the candle in one single breath was believed to bring good luck. (deepestfeelings.com) Gifts were a tradition that started as the sign of good luck in the beginning, as did the flowers.

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