Oh Happy Day!
A day that’s as unique as you, birthdays prove universal in all languages, cultures, and eras. Heralded by cakes, presents, and parties, people everywhere anticipate birthdays as a celebration of life and love. In this edition of The StickerTalk, join us as we slice into the sweet histories and obscurities surrounding the birthday!
- Many of our modern birthday traditions trace their roots to ancient times. Historical records indicate that Egyptian pharaohs hosted lavish parties to commemorate their birthdays. In ancient Greece, revelers placed candles on birthday cakes as a form of worship to a select group of goddesses. A few centuries later, the first birthday party invitations were distributed during the first century in Rome by Claudia Severa, the wife of a prominent Roman commander.
- Like most special occasions, there are many superstitions surrounding the birthday. In China, gifts of clocks and watches are considered an omen of ill will, and people living in Malaysia only give birthday gifts if they are close to the birthday boy or girl to avoid the appearance of bribery.
- More people are born in August than any other month. However, the most popular date of birth is October 5. Additionally, more people are born on Tuesdays than any other day of the week with Sunday being the least popular day for deliveries.