It's my birthday. Thanks for the well-wishes, but if you really want to do something for me, here are some charities you could support:
I'm 43 years old today. According to Patton Oswalt, I'm allowed to celebrate again
But why do we celebrate birthdays, anyway? And why cake? And candles?
Fun fact: Oct. 5 is considered to be the
We started celebrating our birthdays because of gods. It goes
The first birthdays.
Later, the Greeks held annual celebrations of their gods, and, during the celebration of Artemis, the moon goddess, they would make moon-shaped cookies and added candles to mimic the light of the moon.
Next, the Romans began celebrating the anniversaries of the birth of their male friends and relatives.
Later, the Germans added cakes to celebrations, and finally, in the 1930s, we get the song "Happy Birthday."
I'm not sure when we started celebrating the birthdays of women and children, but hey, it's nice to have everybody on board, especially when there's cake involved.
Early Christians declined to celebrate birthdays, declaring it a pagan ritual. That sounds a little odd to me, given Christmas trees, the Easter Bunny and the celebrations of All Saints' Day and Day of the Dead.
Modern Christianity has evolved on this (obviously). Some consider birth as