There are very few occasions on Earth that are better than a good birthday party. It's that one special day of the year where your friends and family get together to celebrate you. A birthday party is not only a great time to gather with those closest to you to remember all the cool things you've done together over the past year, but to also look forward to everything that you're going to do in the next 365 days. Ever wonder how all those wonderful birthday traditions got started in the first place? We know just the Zee Zee to give you the inside scoop on how things like cake & ice cream originally got invited to the party.
No one knows birthdays better than the Zee Zee's resident birthday boss Zuney. Since the Zee Zees first landed on our planet, she's personally overseen the festivities for over 123,542 B-Day parties (that's over 12 billion birthday cake candles if you're keeping count). Since birthday parties are each just a little bit different on every planet the Zee Zees explore, Zuney does some pretty serious research before she starts planning the best birthday bonanzas in the galaxy.
According to Zuney, people first started celebrating their birthdays with a cake way back in Medieval Germany. Usually only celebrated by the children of royalty, they called birthdays 'Kinderfest', and were happy to party down with a cake that had no frosting and tasted more like a large stale bagel. When it comes to putting candles on cakes though, Zuney says some people think that particular tradition goes all the way back to Ancient Greece. The Greeks would put candles on small, round pastries and leave them as an offering to Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the moon. The fire from the candles were said to represent the light of the moon and the smoke was meant to carry their wishes up to the Greek Gods and Goddesses in the sky.
As time went by, the birthday cake became more and more popular (and a whole lot more delicious once they started adding frosting). Today, people all over the world give each other birthday cakes with candles. When they do, they also sing a song that might sound pretty familiar - in her research, Zuney found that 'Happy Birthday to You' is the most recognized song in the world. Although it may sound like it's been around forever, the happy birthday song was only written a little over a 100 years ago by two kindergarten teachers who were also sisters.
Now that you know so much about birthdays, you're probably hungry for a little birthday cake. Well, even though it may not be your birthday, the Zee Zees have come up with a pretty awesome way to still celebrate. Zee Zees Birthday Cake Applesauce is a delicious way to party like it's your birthday every day!
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