Random Birthday Facts

Have you ever wondered why people blow candles on their birthday? Apparently 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.

So the tradition of blowing out the candles and making a wish was a way of sending a signal and a message.

Here are more random facts about birthdays-

1-The earliest birthday parties were held because people believed evil spirits were particularly attracted to people on their birthdays.

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 to come be with the birthday person and bring good thoughts and wishes.

2-The tradition of children’s birthday parties first started in Germany. The parties are called Kinderfeste.

3-The phrase “happy as Larry” is sometimes used to describe how happy a person is on their birthday.

4-The first balloons are believed to have been children’s toys, made from animal bladders and/or intestines, often filled with water. The Aztecs used to blow air into the bowels of sacrificed cats and twisted them into animal shapes and presented these to the gods as a sacrifice. Toy balloons were introduced by pioneer rubber manufacturer Thomas Hancock- think about that when you next blow a balloon.

5- The Happy Birthday song is more than one hundred years old. It was written in 1893 by two sisters, Patty and Mildred Hill, who were schoolteachers in Louisville,Kentucky. The tune was originally a morning greeting to their students entitled “Good Morning To All.” The lyrics were copyrighted in 1935, 11 years before Patty’s death, and the ownership has swapped hands in multi-million dollar deals ever since. The current copyright is owned by Warner Communications. They purchased it in 1989 for more than $22 million dollars.