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Since it was common belief that on one's birthday the person could be helped by good spirits or pursued by evil spirits , people began to get together and have celebrations to bring joy and above all offer protection from these evil spirits. Giving birthday gifts was considered a way to show affection and they were particularly appreciated.
The Catholic church was not in favour of birthday celebrations because astrology was closely linked to these celebrations and the Church maintained that astrology was condemned in the Bible.
Finally after the fourth century it became a common practice to celebrate birthdays.
The song "Happy birthday" was composed by Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893. Patty was a kindergarten teacher and her sister a pianist and composer. Together they wrote this famous song. It's original name was "Good Morning to You" created so that young children could have this simple song to sing. Soon they began to sing this song at the children's birthday parties, and so they changed its name to "Happy Birthday to You".
The song was first published in 1912. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it's the most recognized song in the English language.
Different cultures celebrate birthdays in different ways.
Some student research can be useful in finding out more information about birthday celebrations around the world.
As always, this little article can be used to make up appropriate questions using all the information given.
It can also be combined with the astrological signs for each month.
"Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest."