Something I was reading last night got me wondering about birthday cakes. Why do we put candles on them and blow them out?
A quick search provided the answer. Some think the cakes started in Ancient Greece and that the candles were like the candles for a sacrifice to the gods. The ancients believed that the smoke would bring their prayers up to the gods. Another explanation, that doesn’t conflict with the first is that the Germans started this tradition. Specifically, Count Ludwig Von Zinzindorf had a birthday party with a gigantic cake with candles on it.
As part of the results to my search, I got an intriguing video about the proper way to cut a (birthday) cake so it stays fresh. It’s ingenious. Take a look.
Kerley, D. (2014). “Why Do We Blow Out Candles on a Birthday Cake?” Retrieved from Mental Floss at http://mentalfloss.com/article/54069/why-do-we-blow-out-candles-birthday-cakes on June 5, 2019.