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Birthday celebration traditions

Have you ever considered what stands behind it? After all, we’ve been doing it for some thousands of...

Published on 12 March 2019

It’s so natural for us to celebrate birthdays – as well as get presents – that we never actually think about the fact that some time ago this tradition didn’t exist. Have you ever considered what stands behind it? After all, we’ve been doing it for some thousands of years. Of course, it’s not just about celebrating another year of survival.

The tradition of celebrating one’s b’day is pagan. In fact, many religious people refuse to celebrate their birthdays because it means linking to paganism. It’s impossible to trace the exact origin of birthday cakes and celebration tradition, but it was first mentioned in the Bible’s reference of a Pharaoh’s birthday. Nevertheless, it is likely that what was meant is not the day he was born but the day he was crowned thus transformed into a god. Later the Greeks took up the tradition and added candles to the cake that initially was a tribute to Artemis. Common men’s (not women’s) birthdays were first celebrated in Ancient Rome where there were even public holidays on B-Days of the most notorious citizens. Women and children got the opportunity to blow out the candles and have a bite of their own birthday cake only in the XIIth century.

German bakers add cream and sugar to our lives by inventing traditional B-Day cakes with one candle for each year of life plus one more for the coming year. Later on, the cakes became widely spread thanks to mass production enabled by the Industrial Revolution. Moreover, a prototype for contemporary birthday parties emerged here in XVIIIth. Today throwing a party on such an occasion is almost a must and certainly an amazing opportunity to bring all friends, loved ones together, to have the time of one’s life. No matter how old we are, we still adore the magic of birthday.


What a party without invitations? These cards help inform the guests about the event and give a chance to show creativity and get into the festive mood in advance. There’s no shortage of options for Birthday party invitations, and it’s up to you to decide whether they’d be printed or digital, modern or vintage, in bright or soft colors. It would be an honor for SEVAZH to be part of your big day. Celebrate more than two-hundred-year-old tradition of inviting people to a party with our stunning invitations.

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Published on 12 March 2019

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