There is a man in your life who deserves a special message on his birthday. Whether that man is your brother, husband, boyfriend, or son, you want to make sure their birthday is as special as they are to you. Luckily, there are many ways to make their day one to remember, including writing a birthday card.
In a few short sentences you can express your love and affection in the most memorable way possible. The word ‘birthday’ was first recorded in the mid-fourteenth century and means, “a prosperous time.” The phrase was used to refer to any event or occasion involving a person’s age, especially a milestone such as an anniversary of a birth, marriage, or death.
Birthdays are often celebrated by eating cake, opening presents, and spending time with friends and family. However, there are many other traditions that occur around the world on this special day. In Russia, it is customary to pull on the birthday boy or girl’s ears and tell them to grow up. In Mexico, the birthday party may include a pinata filled with candy. And, of course, in the United States, people sing a song called “Happy Birthday.”
The term ‘birthday’ also refers to the date of a person’s conception. The exact definition of this date is disputed, but it generally involves counting back nine months from the expected date of childbirth.
The earliest record of a birthday is found in Egypt, where it was referred to as the ‘birth of gods’. Pharaohs in ancient Egyptian culture were believed to be divine, and their ‘birth’ was seen as a day of transformation. Their birthday marked the moment that they began to live forever, and it was more important than their actual physical birth.
Many cultures have celebrated their birthdays for thousands of years. This tradition grew from a type of tracking system that began with marking time changes and important events, such as lunar eclipses and equinoxes, then evolved to record individual milestones. It was not until the 19th century, though, that most middle-class Americans began to celebrate their birthdays.
Today, a birthday is more than just a day of celebration; it’s a reminder that you were born to be great and are loved by many. It is an opportunity to thank your loved ones for everything they do for you and wish you a year full of health, happiness, and success. As you enjoy your day and your gifts, remember that the most valuable present of all is the thought behind it. It is a great privilege to be loved by so many people. The happiest of birthdays to you!