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Birthday Party Invitations
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Birthday Party History
Evidence of birthday observances dates back before the rise of Christianity. In pagan cultures, people feared evil spirits - especially on their birthdays. It was a common belief that evil spirits were more dangerous to a person when he or she experienced a change in their daily life, such as turning a year older. As a result, birthdays were merry occasions celebrated with family and friends, who surrounded the person of honor with laughter and joy in order to protect them from evil. Instead of gifts, most guests brought positive thoughts and happy wishes for the upcoming year. However, if well-wishers did bring gifts, it was considered an especially good influence for the birthday person. Needless to say, they didn't give out many birthday party invitations.
Religious beliefs have a strong effect on the way some people celebrate their birthday. Since people thousands of miles apart can share the same spiritual beliefs, the following customs have been divided by religion instead of geographic location. They didn't give out many birthday party invitations either.
In Muslim cultures, people thank God following the birth of a child by giving gifts to the poor. After the child is a week old, its head is shaved. The family then donates an amount of silver equal to, and often more than, the weight of the child's hair. Following this ritual, family and friends come together for a feast and a naming ceremony. It is expected that some of the food will be given to those in need as well.
According to religious customs, Hindu children only celebrate their birthdays until they are 16. Until then, however, they do not go to school on their birthdays. Instead, a birthday is observed with a religious ceremony where a priest blesses the child. On a Hindu child?s first birthday, his or her head is shaved while being held by a special fire. Removal of the hair cleanses the child of any evil in past lives, symbolizing a renewal of the soul. They have birthday parties, but no birthday party invitations.
In many Jewish communities, a male child's hair is not cut until he is 3 years old. On his third birthday, the boy's first haircut is accompanied by a special ceremony called an upsherin, which also symbolizes the beginning of the child's Jewish education.
Throughout history, Native American tribes have placed significance on milestones in a child's development rather than the day he or she was born. The day a child takes its first step is cause for just as much rejoicing as the day he or she accepts the responsibilities of an adult, gets married, becomes a parent, etc. In North America, things have changed. We now through big brithday parties with birthday party invitations. At least the cool kids do.