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The history and customs around the birthday and the birthday gifts

What seems so natural today and is an integral, traditional part of our lives has a not so long history: Den birthdayto celebrate the anniversary of the birth. To congratulate the birthday child, regardless of whether it is actually still a child or a mature adult, and wish them “all the best”, to bake them a cake and of course to give them birthday presents.

In ancient Egypt, India and China, in early Greece and Rome, there is evidence that the birthdays of the gods and important personalities were celebrated. In ancient China there were also private ones Birthday parties, in which only male relatives took part. Even in ancient Greece and Rome, the birthdays of normal mortals were celebrated with banquets and birthday presents. However, the birthday celebration in ancient Rome was originally aimed at the “companions of life”, the god Genius with a man, the goddess Iuno with a woman. They were offered offerings such as wine, cake or incense as birthday presents.

This is what today's custom is, Birthday gifts to make, in connection with these early sacrifices, which were an attempt to make good and bad gods agreeable. The custom of the ancient Greeks to celebrate the birthday of the moon goddess Artemis with a round cake decorated with candles is seen as the origin for our custom of the birthday cake. Even people who are otherwise definitely not superstitious still hope today that their wish will come true by blowing out all the candles at the same time.

It is therefore not surprising, but interesting, that the custom of birthday celebrations and thus the giving of birthday presents has long been rejected by the Christian Church as a relic of pagan idolatry and heretical practices. In addition, for many people the birthday was and is closely related to astrology and the creation of horoscopes. Without a calendar, a person's birthday had to be determined by the stars. The belief that the position of the heavenly bodies at the hour of birth could influence the fate of a person, according to this notion, contradicts the fate-determining role of a Christian God.

In the course of Christianization, a person's name day was therefore of far greater importance than their own birthday. This was often not even known to ordinary people. It was like that Birthday party Although it was already common in the Middle Ages as a "secular" festival, until the 19th century this was almost only done in higher, aristocratic circles. The day of remembrance of the saint, whose name a newly baptized person had received, was recorded in the church calendar. Until the high Middle Ages, believers were free to choose what name their parents would give their child. With the Reformation, the patronage of the name and with it the custom of celebrating the name day gained in importance, as the Catholic Church had to set an example against the Protestants' rejection of the veneration of saints.

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And just as the Christian Church used to reject the celebration of birthdays in order to distance itself from the pagan faith and later the Catholic Church to differentiate itself from the Evangelical Church, this custom is still rejected today by conservative currents of Islam as a Christian or Jewish custom . Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate their own birthday either.

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