Happy Birthday


Birthdays are the time to count your blessings, not the years.. Yes, we should celebrate every day of life, but birthdays do have that extra edge, they are extra special.

Origin of Celebrating Birthdays

The first instance in history that mentions a birthday celebration can be found in “Genesis”, the first book of the Bible. It mentions the first Pharaoh of Egypt, Ra the Sun God, celebrating his birth with a feast with his servants. In fact the event had the underlying autocratic emotion that the celebration was to felicitate the Pharaoh because he graced the lives of the people by being born.

Here are the reasons in a chronological order as to how birthdays came to be celebrated.
  • In Egypt the Pharaohs on being coroneted were considered to have transformed into Gods. Thus it was the day of the birth of a God, and the occasion was celebrated with great pomp and show.

  • The Greeks adopted the idea of birthday celebrations from the Egyptians and on the occasion of birthdays, they celebrated their Gods and Goddesses.

  • The Romans were the first to begin the celebration of birthdays of the common man. However, only men celebrated their birthdays, and it was the 12th C before the women joined in.

  • For the Christian celebration of birthdays was a pagan act till around the 4th C. They changed their mind to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ as Christmas.

  • Birthdays celebrations were out of reach of the common man till the Industrial Revolution as the cakes, an integral part of birthday celebrations, were beyond their reach. But the revolution changed the scenario with mass production and affordable cakes.

  • The birthday song was conceived in 1924 in a songbook by Robert Coleman.

No matter what the origin, there is no doubt about the fact that birthdays are perfect to connect and re-connect with the people in one’s life. A time to bond, a time to celebrate life.

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Some Peculiar Customs of Birthdays

  • Birthday bumps are the order of the day in Ireland and England where the birthday boy/girl are lifted into the air and bumped on the ground for good luck

  • In Hungary, after the opening of the presents, the guests pull the ear lobe of the birthday boy/girl wishing a life so long that the ears reach the ankles.

  • In Canada the birthday boy/girl are pinned to the floor and their nose is greased with butter.

  • In Vietnam everyone celebrates their birthday on the day of New Year known as Tet.

  • The tradition of smearing the cake on the birthday boy/girl’s face, which has spread around the world like a wildfire, comes from Venezuela where the face of the person celebrating the birthday is literally plunged into the cake.

  • In Switzerland the parents hire an evil looking clown who will follow the birthday boy/girl menacingly and conclude with a pie on the face.

  • In the Caribbean, especially in Jamaica, copious amounts of flour is thrown on the birthday boy/girl, even by random onlookers. The aim is that the flour should be difficult to remove.

  • USA joins in with the latest addition to the birthday traditions where additional cakes are baked for the revellers to simply destroy the cake, and create as much mess as their heart desires.

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Birthday Quotes

You're older today than yesterday but younger than tomorrow. Happy Birthday!

A wish for you on your Birthday, Whatever you ask may you receive, whatever you seek, may you find, whatever you wish, may it be fulfilled. On your Birthday & always. Happy Birthday

It's the perfect time to give a good start to another year. It's the time to feel good about everything. May you get everything, you wish with every passing year. Happy Birthday!

It's the simplest things that make your life count, like a simple wish Happy Birthday!

Wishing you a pot a' gold and all the joy your heart can hold! Happy Birthday!

On your birthday we wish for you that whatever you want most in life, it comes to you, just the way you imagined it, or better. Happy Birthday!

I always dream about you, you gave smile to my lips, you are my heartbeat, you are my angel and you are the light on my life. Happy birthday!

You have given me reason to celebrate life in a memorable way. May all your dreams come true on this special day. Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my Mom the women who sacrificed many a gracious moment in her life, so that I could have them in mine.

Man of my dreams, first love of my life and the perfect man ever-most girls dedicate these words to their boyfriends, I dedicated them to you. Happy Birthday Dad.

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. -Brian Tracy

It matters not what someone is born but what they grow to be. –Ablus Dumbledore

Start each day like it's your birthday !

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Birthday Gift Ideas

A special day like a ‘Birthday' is indeed a day of rejoicing. This day also demands that the ‘star of the day' be showered with gifts. Finding a suitable gift for your loved one doesn't come easy though, and a lot of thought goes behind choosing the right one!

We came up with these birthday gift ideas that would be loved by your closed one and make your task of choosing a tad simple.

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