People celebrate birthdays to honor their birth and the beginning of a new year in their lives. The custom of celebrating birthdays began in ancient times but was not widespread until the turn of the 19th century. At that time, the perception of children was becoming more positive, and it became customary to celebrate with parties and customs like spankings for good luck or blowing out candles on a cake.Know More
The Romans are considered to be the first people to have celebrated birthdays, but they only celebrated men's birthdays. There are no records of women's birthday celebrations until more than a millennium later. Friends and family members celebrated their birthdays privately, and the Roman government declared several holidays in honor of the birthdays of famous figures.
Because of its link to Roman's pagan culture, early Christians were opposed to birthday celebrations, and they did not even celebrate the birthday of Jesus until the fourth century. At that point, they put his birthday on the calendar near the date of the winter solstice.
The tradition of putting candles on cakes originated in Roman times, as the Romans made cakes with candles to honor their moon god. However, the tradition of having a cake at a birthday party did not become popular until Germans began doing it in the late 18th century.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
January is primarily known as the beginning of the new year, with New Year's Day falling on Jan. 1. It also contains a few other noted holidays and events.Full Answer >
What we recognize today as traditional Swiss clothing is based on the garments worn by peasants and common people at the beginning of the 19th century. According to the Encyclopedia of National Dress, the Swiss designed their clothing to function in a practical way and to communicate certain information about the wearer, such as age, social class and marital status.Full Answer >
Throughout history, many cultures believed that a sneeze was the beginning of an illness, and they would wish blessings or good health on the person who sneezed. According to HowStuffWorks, a similar phrase is Germany is "gesundheit."Full Answer >
September was the most popular birth month in the United States in 2010, and data taken from U.S. births between 1973 and 1999 indicates that September consistently has the densest cluster of common birthdays. The same data from 1973 through 1999 indicates that January has the smallest number of births.Full Answer >