Good morning dear Readers! Today has dawned almost perfect here in paradise.....It has been raining for about 10 days now and the sun has peeped through this morning.....the world looks beautiful in the sunshine with the raindrops reflecting like glittering diamonds in the trees!
I have been researching the origin of the birthday and how different cultures celebrate the day.....In days of old there were many superstitions relating to the day of one's birth. Both the Greek and Roman cultures subscribed to the idea that every individual had a protective spirit or daemon who attended his birth and watched over him in life. This spirit had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday the individual was born. ( I really like this idea!)
Another belief held that birthdays were a day where individuals were more susceptible to harm from bad spirits. On this day, in order to keep the bad spirits at bay, the celebrant would be surrounded by friends and family who would shower them with gifts and well-wishing. Noise making was employed as an additional measure for warding off the bad spirits. The working of magical
spells was an integral part of living in ancient times. Giving birthday greets was a way of working a spell for protection as further shielding from evil spirits. They believed that the recipient was surrounded by his personal spirits, therefore more exposed to the power of the spell. (The last two paragraphs contain information I found on "Hub pages" written by Terri Meredith)
In the western world it is very popular to celebrate one's birthday with a party. Balloons, presents, streamers and singing Happy Birthday are a staple at these events......The birthday cake is also popular, with the age of the person represented by the number of candles burning on top of the cake, which the celebrant must blow out and make a wish.......
In some countries the birthday punch is popular......French-speaking Canada and the U.S both give birthday punches.....The person who is celebrating a birthday is punched the same number of times equal to their age and one extra for luck! That wouldn't happen in this house....I would punch them right back.....Pow! Right in the kisser! Can you imagine if people had punched me yesterday for my 57th birthday! I would be lying on some slab now with my family and friends charged with murder......Murder by birthday punching!
In other countries, people get their earlobes pulled, Brazil, Italy, Argentina to name a few, while a birthday greeting is sung to them......In India, get this, this is bizarre, a person is held up in the air by his or her hands and legs and kicked or spanked on the bottom......Hello!.....Does anyone see anything wrong with that?......Apparently it is always friends and not in front of family......Well no, because maybe, just maybe it is too kinky! Pushing or trying to push the birthday person's face into the birthday cake is very popular in Venezuela, which I read frequently destroys the cake......Well, who would want to eat it anyway after someone has had their grotty nose and mouth into it! In Ireland, when a child celebrates a birthday, his or her parents hold them upside down and gently bump their heads on the floor for good luck.....the number of bumps beings equal to the age of the child plus an extra one for luck.....very strange......
We are a strange lot, us humans! We all celebrate in different ways....some religions choose not to celebrate the birthday at all.....I personally think that this is very sad.....One should celebrate coming into this world.....I know that there are a lot of awful and evil things going on, but overall this world of ours is the most amazing, astonishing, beautiful, awe-inspiring place and it's wonderful to be alive in it and celebrate each year that we are here
Hi, At 59 I am just finding my feet in the world...So exciting! I have learnt a lot over the years.....gone from being extremely hard up to living a very comfortable life and loving every single minute of it.......My boys are grown up and living good lives themselves and I am so proud of them.......I have the best husband in the world (most of the time anyway....hahaha) and I have 3 dogs who I just adore and they adore me...... I try to live by my motto ......"Be like the sun....let your warmth shine through always"