Friday, December 14, 2012

Londinoupolis becomes 2 years old..!

Due to the 2 year birthday of Londinoupolis, I thought of giving numerous birthday facts, to see why we celebrate Birthdays. Happy birthday to Londinoupolis..!
Thousands of years ago birthdays were considered a time when the bad spirits as opposed to the good spirits were able to harm you as this day changed a person's life. It was believed that the only way to keep the bad spirits at bay was to have your friends and family around you so that their good wishes and present giving would keep them at bay. Also noise makers are thought to be used at parties as a way of scaring away the evil spirits.

The custom of lighting candles originated with people believing that the gods lived in the sky and by lighting candles and torches they were sending a signal or prayer to the gods so they could be answered. When you blow out the candles and make a wish this is another way of sending a signal and a message. This is how the way we celebrate our birthday came about. But different cultures celebrate it in different ways.
At first it was only kings who were recognized as important enough to have a birthday celebration. To protect them from harm, friends and family would be with the person celebrating his birthday and bring good thoughts and wishes.
Giving gifts brought even more good cheer to ward off the evil spirits. As time went by, children became included in birthday celebrations. The tradition of children's birthday parties first started in Germany, Kinderfeste.
The largest private birthday party to ever happen was in 1970 for Colonel Harlan Sanders' 89th birthday. The event was attended by over 35,000 people.

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