The tradition of
birthday parties started in Europe a long time ago. It was feared that evil spirits were
particularly attracted to people on their birthdays. To protect them from harm, friends
and family would to come be with the birthday person and bring good thoughts and wishes.
Giving gifts brought even more good cheer to ward off the evil spirits. This is how
birthday parties began.
At first it was only kings who were
recognized as important enough to have a birthday celebration (maybe this is how the
tradition of birthday crowns began?). As time went by, children became included in
birthday celebrations. The first children's birthday parties occurred in Germany and were