A birthday ceremony is always incomplete without cutting cakes and blowing candles. People across the world irrespective of religion, region or caste, rituals on birthdays are same, like cutting cakes, blowing candles, singing birthday songs etc. But have you ever wonder about this ritual was originated? Why do we blow candles? Why cutting cake? Why singing a birthday song?
Ritual of cutting cake
As per legends of Roman culture, guests were served with cakes on special occasions or ceremonies like weddings. These cakes were made circular and flat in shape. Flour, honey and dry fruits were used to make cakes, initially.
The German bakeries introduced cakes made of a single layer for a birthday celebrations. This introduction was made in the 15th century AD. This expelled the myth that cakes can only be cut during weddings. Then a tradition was made of cutting a cake on birthdays.
Shape and taste of cakes are completely changed now in the 21st century according to the 17th century. Nowadays, fondant cakes in different shapes are made. Cakes have also seen a lot of changes.
In the late 19th century, the Western European Countries also started cutting cakes on birthdays. Within few years, the tradition of cutting cakes spread all over the world.
There are a number of ancient theories that explain the origin of blowing candles on birthdays. The first one is the Greek theory, which says that the tradition of blowing candles on birthdays is connected to the ancient practice of lighting the candles in order to worship the birth of the Goddess Artemis.
Many ancient theories are mentioned in the history of blowing candles on birthdays. According to the Greek theory, blowing of candles has a connection to the ancient practice of lightning the candles to worship the birth of Goddess Artemis. As per another theory regarding the same, the tradition of blowing candles was originated in the yeat 1881 in Switzerland. The middle class people of that region followed a superstitions of the number of candles on the cake depict the age of the birthday person. The birthday boy/girl then blowed the candles.
Next time when you blow candles, or cut cakes just remember of their origination.