THE ORIGIN OF BIRTHDAYS | Draw My Life


Hey there, tiktakers! We are sure that out of the
thousands of people in this community, many of you are celebrating your birthday today,
so… congratulations! We dedicate this video to you with all our hearts. Also, according to statistics, if we gather
together just 23 people, there is a 50% chance that two of them will share the same birthday.
And if we put together 57 people, the probability increases to 99%! Give it a try if you don’t
believe us. You surely know someone who shares the same
birthday as you, and if you don’t… you can meet someone like that right now! Share in
the comments when yours is, and you will see how many of you share the same birthday, and
which ones are the most common! As you might be thinking, today we’ll talk
about birthdays. Do you know what are the origins of these celebrations, and how the
traditions around them started? As it’s usually the case with this kind
of rituals, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact origin, although most birthday celebrations
can be traced to ancient Egypt, around the year 3000 B.C. However, this festivity was
reserved only for the pharaohs, and was celebrated on the day they came to power. A big party
was carried out to drive evil spirits away, as people believed that during those days
they would appear to steal their souls. Afterwards, other nations copied that tradition
to pay tribute to their gods. The Babylonians started the tradition of the birthday cake:
During that era they used to make round cakes based on flour, grains and honey to pay tribute
to the Moon. Then the ancient Greeks added the candles, although they would put them
around the cake and let them burn until the end. The longer the candles lasted, the more
prosperity there would be for that god and its subjects. With the arrival of the Romans, birthday parties
stopped being exclusive for the deities, as they started to also celebrate the birth of
the emperors. Eventually they began to celebrate the birth of consuls, senators, and other
men with political power. The spread of this ritual had a sudden stop
with the arrival of Christianity, which prohibited the ritual at first, as it was considered
a pagan practice. Later in the 4th century the doctrine was changed and the birthday’s
celebrations were allowed again. Also, a new festivity appeared: Christmas, or the birthday
of Jesus Christ. The spread of Christianity through central
and northern Europe ended up propagating the tradition of the birthday celebration. It
was in Germany that they started to put candles on the cake instead of around it, and to put
as many as the number of years the person has been alive. That is also why the tradition
of blowing off the candles came about: Blowing them off so the candle wax didn’t ruin the
cake. From this also emerged a belief present in
cultures as different as the Eastern and Latin cultures: Making a wish before blowing the
candles. If you manage to blow out all the candles at once, your wish will become true
during that year. In the oldest towns in Russia there is another condition for the wish to
become true: Giving a big bite to the cake immediately after. If we travel to Africa, some towns celebrate
the first birthday of their child disseminating grains of salt and alum on the floor of the
house, in order to fill the spirit of their child with peace and quiet. In Spain they
have the funny tradition of pulling the ear of the person as many times as the years he
or she has been alive. And in Dominican Republic they believe that drenching the birthday person
with water will bring good luck to them. When it is the birthday of little kids, in
some regions of Scotland and Ireland they hold them from their feet, put them facing
down, and tap them lightly against the floor, one time for each year. However, the most spread birthday tradition
is smashing a piñata: A decorated container usually made of papier mâché, filled with
candy, which is then hanged from the ceiling and smashed with a stick so the kids nearby
can get the candy inside. The origin of the piñatas is very much debated: Some say it
was the explorer Marco Polo who brought this game from China in the 14th century. Others
say that it was a Mexican tradition among the Aztecs of the 15th century, who would
smash clay pots to honor their gods. And of course, no birthday can be celebrated
without singing the classic “Happy Birthday” song, the most well known and played tune
in the entire world. It was written in 1893 by Mildred and Patty Smith Hill, two school
teachers from Kentucky in the United States. However, the original title was “Good morning
to all”, as they composed it so that their students would greet them with the song every
morning before starting class. So now you know, tiktakers: You can sing this
song to that person you know celebrating their birthday today, and congratulate them by leaving
a comment on this video or on our social media. We’ll send them a big hug from Tik and Tak!
Have a wonderful day!

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  1. My Auntie and Uncle are married and they had a kid together and all of them have the same Birthday lol

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