Having recently celebrated a birthday, I found myself wondering
When and how they began. Their celebrations did not always exist.
Before the advent of the calendar they were unable to record the
Time of birth or the day.
The earliest mention of a birthday, according to Biblical scholars, was
Around 3,000 BC, in reference to a Pharaoh’s birthday. But further
Study implies, that this was not in reflection of their birth into this
World, but their birth as a god.
It all started with the Egyptians, then the Greeks embraced the day,
But only for men!
It is believed the first birthday cake began in Germany, a coarse
Bread of the Middle Ages, later becoming a sweeter version. Only
The well to do were able to celebrate, as the poor could not afford
In the 17th century the cake became more elaborate with icings
In the 18th century cakes became more affordable, and many
Were then able to participate in the celebration.
The history of the candles on the cake began in Ancient Greece.
The glow of the moon they worshipped, with the smoke of the
Candles ascending with prayers to their gods in the skies.
Now, the candle is placed upon the cake to represent the
Light and life of each year given to us.
In Christianity the emphasis is on a spiritual rebirth from the
Earthly womb, becoming a child of God.
“To everything there is a season
A time to be born and a time to die”*
We all are born of an earthen
In chaos and confusion
Cast into earth’s waters of
An angry sea
Conceived in a silver
In a pierced cavity
A baby spilling out
I Am A Woman Now!
Buoyed by the
Waves, seeking eternity
In ceaseless motion
My hair swept back
By the rush of winds
Two wet eyes crying
Oceans of tears
In a bed of water
Diving for pearls of
Only bubbles of air
My only resort is prayer
Reaching the shores of
An extended Hand with
Mine, grasps each other
To be born twice is
Scripture of reflection
“When you pass through deep
waters, I am with you”
*Book Of Ecclesiastes