Walter Knoll Florists love to celebrate birthdays! We have a huge assortment of themed birthday arrangements, sweet treats, plush animals and beautiful gifts. But did you ever wonder why we celebrate birthdays?
The earliest recorded mention of a birthday is in the Bible, which outlines a Pharaoh’s birthday celebration in approximately 3,000 BC. Experts agree that this was more likely a coronation ceremony, when the rulers were considered to be “birthed” as gods. Moving through history, the Greeks picked up on the theme of celebrating the gods, and added to candles to cakes baked to the goddess Luna to simulate her glow in the night sky. For hundreds of years Christians did not observe birthdays. However, in the 4th century, Christmas was adopted as the celebration of Christ’s birthday, transforming the pagan. festival of Saturnalia into a day for the faithful.
It wasn’t until the late 19th century that the birthday as we know it began to emerge. In Germany, cakes were baked for Kinderfeste, and candles added for each year of the child’s life. The Industrial Revolution allowed for the mass distribution of birthday cakes; and in 1924, an American songbook was published with a remix of 1893’s “Good Morning to All” – changing the lyrics to “Happy Birthday to You”.
Brilliant Birthday Blooms
Although birthdays have changed through the years, our desire to celebrate those we love is timeless. Walter Knoll Florists offers a full spectrum of floral arrangements – from festive and whimsical flower displays to romantic and thoughtful bouquets. Regardless of how you choose to honor someone on their birthday, our full range of beautiful gift and dessert choices will handle your birthday planning from start to finish! Who do you wish to celebrate this month? Walter Knoll Florist of St. Louis is here to help with all your floral needs.