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Is it we who buy your cake or is it you who provides your cake on your birthday? Who invented the idea of a birthday cake? Why celebrate such a day?

The Germans are credited with making cakes and putting candles on it. The Germans also put candles on forest trees during the winter solstice festival... and that became the Christmas tree. 

The famous birthday song we sing started as "Good Morning to You". As to why we make such a big deal about birthdays: marking the event and showing the light in the dark, the spiritual beliefs of the ancestors point back to Egypt, where the pharaoh's birthday or coronation day was celebrated. Romans, of course, popularized it. 

What are the best gifts to give on a birthday? Some rely on good quality consumables, so as to avoid adding to the clutter in a household. Some buy something for which a request was made, and some decide to shed light into the future. 

Some useful English vocabulary is the gifts to the birthday person are called gifts, and the gifts from the birthday person to the guest are called party favours. In some countries, there is more emphasis on party favours than on gifts.

Happy birthday to you...
And if today is not your birthday, I hope you celebrate today being the best possible today that today can be: make it awesome and have a great day. 

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Reply Report snowipine 2019-7-3 23:12
Birthday?Why birthday
Reply Report J.E.Overington 2019-7-4 00:07
A couple of friends have a birthday on our national holiday, 1 July, so I started wondering why we celebrate birthdays (it's nice but the history is interesting) and the responsibility for giving is different in different cultures.

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    Then, IF you are the Secretary General of the United Nations, how do you tell the young students of the world what is going on in our world and, how to do is the right way

  • Education Methods 2020-1-5 01:54

    snowipine: Punishment strictly following the rules is always the last resort , usually we don't this way, but if here is no other wayout, how to do ?  I guess.
    Thanks for your comment, Snowpine. In schools and in prisons, we shouldn't feel trapped into punishments as persuasion or as motivation. We should be able to use rewards systems. What inspired my blog entry is thinking about the failed terrorist reform efforts, like Gitmo, and why they fail. Negativity doesn't cause improvements and secrecy just makes it worse, but rewards systems may work. It's unclear though since terrorists are different from students and normal prisoners.

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