Why Do We Blow Candles During Birthday

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We all love our birthdays, the cake cutting ceremony, blowing of candles and getting gifts, etc., yes these are some of the best things that we look forward to on our special day. But, have you seriously given a thought as to why we blow candles on our birthdays while cutting the cake?

Well, check out some of the reasons as to why people blow candles during their birthdays. We're sure there might be a reason for this ritual to be followed all over the world!

Come to think of it, don't we all just love this tradition of blowing the candles and cutting the cakes on our birthdays! Yes, it is one of the most blessed feelings.

But, if you didn't know of the reasons on why we blow candles on birthdays, this article is something you've got to read.

Here, in this article, we are about to share the exact reasons as to why people blow candles on their birthdays. Read on to find out about the amazing history behind this practice.


Tradition Followed...

Putting candles on birthday cakes has been a tradition that has been around for a long, long time. Few claim that it has been there since the time of ancient Greeks. Now, this is quite an old tradition people have been following.


Paying Tribute...

According to history, lighting candles was a special way in which people paid tribute to the Greek moon goddess, Artemis.



During the ritual, people baked round cakes to symbolise the moon. And candles were added to the decoration to represent the reflected moonlight.


For Religious Reasons

The Greeks used to place candles in the centre of the cake, as it would symbolise "the light of life."



In olden days, there have been many beliefs that people blindly believed in and this is one of them. It was believed that the smoke from the candles carried their wishes and prayers to gods who lived in the skies. Hence, candles were blown on special days such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc.


More Beliefs...

While some believed that their wishes reached the Gods, there were a few out there who believed that the smoke helped to ward off evil spirits!


Whatever The Reason Be...

Whatever the belief has been, cutting a cake without a candle is simply incomplete. Though the reasons are lame, we're sure you would still blow the candles on every cake cutting session that you have!

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Story first published: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 17:05 [IST]
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