The Earliest Recorded Birthday Celebration, the Use of Birth Celebrations Throughout Antiquity, the Concept of Birthdays Within Judaism, the Reason Early Christians Did Not Celebrate Birthdays, the Origin of the Modern Day Birthday Celebration, the Chinese Concept of Birthdays, and the Reason the Chinese Celebrate Birthdays With Noodles

The earliest recorded birthday celebration in literature appears in Genesis in the Old Testament, as the Egyptian pharaoh who is described as having a celebration to mark the anniversary of his birth. Many polytheistic civilizations marked birthdays in conjunction with astrology, in hopes of using that to predict their future destiny. Judaism, in contrast, never mentions anyone’s birthday, although it does mark one’s 13th with the rite of passage of a bar or bat mitzvah, since at that age they m...

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