We’re celebrating a birthday. And there will be cake! Curious about how that most glorious tradition began, we did a little research. Turns out everybody wants credit for it. And who wouldn’t? In western culture, birthday cake dates back to ancient Rome. It was the Greeks who put candles on cake – on the sixth day of every lunar month to honor the birth of Artemis, the Goddess of the moon. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that German bakers decided that a birthday celebration needed more than honey sweetened bread-like pastry. The multi-layered, iced, and decorated cake was born.
We won’t be having one of those. Our 38-year-old birthday boy requested cheesecake, his favorite. In Australia, a favorite might be “fairy bread”, buttered bread with “hundreds and thousands” or, as we know them, ice cream sprinkles. In Brazil, brigadeiros, a scrumptious fudge ball says “Happy Birthday to you!” A sweet rice pudding called payesh is the traditional treat served on your birthday in some parts of India Tres leches wishes you feliz cumpleaños in Mexico.
Whatever sweet treat you choose to enjoy on your birthday, we hope that you will always celebrate your new year as a new beginning in our wonderful world.