We’ve got the Egyptians to thank for the tradition and the Greeks for the cake.
The birthday tradition dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who believed that when pharaohs were crowned, they became gods. So their coronation day was their ‘birth’ day.
It was the Ancient Greeks who adopted this tradition and added cake. Why cake? Well, the Greeks needed an offering for Artemis, goddess of the moon, as a tribute on their birthdays. Apparently the Greeks baked moon-shaped cakes, decorating them with lit candles – to shine like the moon. Et voila – the tradition was born.
So, cakes have always been synonymous with joy and celebrations. The graduation of the tiny tots to the ‘primary’ school at Bluebells was no exception. Robes (made by a local parent) – adorned with glitter by some, were worn with ‘mortorboards’ to signify their academic success and progress.
Graduation day was also the end of term. A day of music and laughter, dancing, singing and drama. Tilda, one of our volunteers who’d been working at the school, sang a particular beautiful rendition of ‘Alelullia’ (see my insta post on this if you can for the live action!) And the day culminated in the bringing out THE GRADUATION CAKE. A wonderful sight to behold and a HAPPY way to end this long term.
So go ahead, make cake your day!