Imagine if you didn’t have your birthday to look forward to every year. It would be like canceling Christmas.
Happy Returns. People haven’t always celebrated the day they were born. In prehistoric times, people didn’t have diaries to help remember their friends’ and relatives’ birthdays. In fact, for much of human history, most people didn’t know the date they were born, or the date of anything else for that matter.
Ancient civilizations did celebrate birthdays, at least, important people’s, like kings’ and queens’. Predictions were made based on someone’s date of birth, just like today’s horoscopes. The early Jewish and Christian people didn’t celebrate birthdays because of this link with pagan fortune-telling.
Mithraism was a religion that became popular in ancient Roman times. Followers of Mithraism decided birthdays were a good thing, and the idea of celebrating your date of birth spread. The ancient Romans were very keen on holidays and festivals, so this was a handy excuse for yet another one.
Today, most people celebrate the day they were born, but not everyone. Some people are just a bit miserable about them because they don’t like the idea of getting older. Others have religious objections to birthdays, like the early Jews and Christians did.
Happy Birthday. What makes your special day even more special? Do you know which famous people share your birthday or what historical events happened on it and when
‘Happy Birthday to You’ is not only one of the most frequently sung melodies in the world, but is one of the three songs you’re most likely to hear sung in the English language. The other two are ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’.