Several hundreds years BC, the Persians already had a tradition of celebrating peoples birthdays with a larger plate of food. The roots of the birthday cake are not fully explained.
Some evidence points to the Ancient Greeks and Romans already serving cake. How the candles got into the mix is unclear however. Some historians think it’s origins are a pagan ritual to bring good fortune and fullfill secret wishes. It is known however, that the Germans had a birthday celebration with a cake in the late 1700s and candles and the Swiss as well about a century later. Who was first will perhaps always stay a mystery.
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