♫ Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday Dear Oak Tree Business Systems, Inc., (mouthful, I know)
Happy Birthday to you!! ♫
*Blows 36 candles out* (CHEERS)
Now we eat cake. Wait, CAKE?! Have you ever taken a moment to think about why we eat cake on birthdays and not a giant marshmallow or any other type of food group? What is the history behind birthday cakes?
Let’s start with the very beginning. The birthday cake was first invented by ancient Egyptians, because they believed that when the pharaohs were crowned, they would become Gods. In this circumstance, they would celebrate that day as a coronation ritual which in terms was a huge deal, so it then became their “birth” as a God. So following this, the Greeks caught on and decided that they too wanted to celebrate loved ones in a more heartfelt way. They decided to bake a moon-shaped dessert and offer it to Artemis, goddess of the moon. The moon cake was even topped with candles, in a way to make the moon “shine.”
Not only did the candles shine to make it look as if it was a moon shine, but many people believed that candles were a form of protection. Back then, people were extremely superstitious (there still are people in today’s world who are), but back then they believed that the “birth” days would welcome evil spirits, so they provided the candles on top of the cake, surrounded the birthday person, and said well wishes to ward off the evil spirits. Thinking about this in today’s world, doesn’t it baffle you that their techniques and ideas transitioned to the ideas we have today?
Moving on, Romans came into play when they learned from the Greeks, and decided to take their own spin on how to create the so-called birthday cake. The Romans baked cakes out of flour, nuts, yeast, and sweetened honey, but would only celebrate birthdays of higher importance; the women weren’t celebrated until the 12th century. It was also known that the wealthy celebrated due to the affordability of cake supplies. Furthermore, the Germans came into play with birthday celebrations when they celebrated ‘Kinderfeste’ (a name for a German birthday party), and would put a candle on the cake for however many years that person had been alive. BUT, it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that birthdays were celebrated for all.
Overall, birthday cakes started off with many stages of life, and ended up being the center of attention at many events today. We celebrate with cakes for happy occasions and at times end up throwing a piece of cake into the celebratory person’s face as a way of enjoying a laugh and for just having a lasting memory.
Oak Tree Business Systems, Inc. is a credit union forms provider with headquarters in Big Bear Lake, California. We offer comprehensive compliant forms and disclosure packages for credit unions in multiple formats along with their marketing department which helps credit unions create effective targeted campaigns to achieve their marketing goals. “We are thrilled to have served the credit union industry for so many years as one of the leading providers of forms and form packages,” says Richard Gallagher, CEO and President. For more information on forms packages and compliance, call 1-800-537-9598, email, or fill out this .