August 25, 2008

History of Birthdays

It's hard to imagine life without birthday celebrations, cakes, gifts, and cool birthday cards. But there was a time when no one paid much attention to the anniversary of important events, such as birthdays. It wasn't until ancient peoples noticed the moon's cycles and changing seasons that they started to keep track of the repetitious pattern. When the first calendars were created to mark these changes, it eventually lead to the ability to celebrate birthdays and other significant anniversaries on the same day each year.

Pagans were some of the first to "celebrate" birthdays. Their fear of evil spirits peaked on days when there was a change in daily life - like turning a year older. In order to protect the person of honor from evil, family and friends surrounded him with laughter and joy and brought positive thoughts and happy wishes for the upcoming year. Most well-wishers did not bring gifts, but if they did, it was considered an especially good influence for the birthday person.

Quote of the Day:
“Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?” Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)


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