Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Is Birthday Candle a Tradition?
I love collecting candles. The fragrant ones are especially wonderful they just lighten up your mood whenever you feel the blues!! It makes a superb formal yet informal gift for all reasons and seasons for your frens, colleagues and neighbors and its specialty lies in its appeal to all ages. And when you think birthdays, can the candles be far behind? The candles have a long standing association with the Birthdays I’m sure. I can’t possibly remember a single birthday without a candle, could you think of one yourself too?? Not really I guess.
A peep into the history reveals that the tradition of placing candles on Birthday cake dates back to the Greeks, who used to put the lit up candles on cakes to make them glow like the moon. Greeks used to take the cake to the temple of Artemis-the Goddess of Moon. Some scholars say that candles were placed on the cake because people believe that the smoke of the candle carried their wishes and prayers to Gods who lived in the skies. Others believe that the custom originated in Germany where people used to place a large candle in the centre of the cake to symbolize ‘the light of life’. In present times too, people place candles on Birthday cakes and a silent wish is made before blowing out the candle. It is believed that blowing out all candles in one breath means the wish will come true and the person with enjoy good luck in the coming year. Some also smear out the name of the person before slicing of the cake to bring good luck.
Wow!! Seems like a long chapter in history!! Well, here’s some cool stuff too.
You can personalize your candles according to your theme and wish. You get such loads of variety with jus a click on the web. You name it and they’ll have it made for you. You have numbered candles marking the age that you’ve attained like a five and a zero for fifty years and you also have the single candles for each age. For the kids, the candles can be made fun. These days you even have candle printers to print your images of your loved ones on them. Isn’t it amazing!!
And when you have fun over the candles I quickly slip and snuggle into my cozy lil bed with the lovely aroma candle burning, this is the one I bought myself on this Thanksgiving!! Good night!!
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