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Why do We Put Candles on a Birthday Cake?

Celebrating a birthday without a cake, birthday flowers and candles is unimaginable. The crux of a birthday celebration itself is cake cutting. The person who is celebrating the birthday is gifted with happy birthday flowers or other gifts. He/she then blows the candles and cut the cake. That is the normal tradition of birthday celebration.

Significance of Birthday Candles

Lighting birthday candles and blowing them out is purely a Western tradition. It is believed to have originated in ancient Greece where the people used to light candles to honor the Greek Goddess Artemis. People used to bring cakes adorned with candles to the temple of Artemis. The candles would glow to resemble the moon. It is believed that the smoke from the candle would carry people’s prayer to heaven.

Another belief is that the tradition of using candles originated in Germany where the wealthy used to bake cakes with holes to fix the candles.

Whatever the story behind the use of candles, in due course of time this tradition spread all over the world and people started associating a birthday cake with candles.

How Many Candles Should be kept on a Birthday Cake?

Ideally, the number of candles on a birthday cake depends on the age of the person. But as a person ages, the number of candles required also increases thus filling up the whole cake.

To avoid this inconvenience, birthday candles in the shape of numbers are now available. You can select the number depending on the person’s age. And of course, no one wants to set the fire alarm ringing once they cross the age of 25!! Thus, adults normally use only one candle for their birthday cake.

The ritual of Blowing out Candle

The exact origin of the ritual of blowing out the birthday candle is not known. But in almost all culture, the person celebrating the birthday makes a secret wish before blowing out the candle. If all the candles get blown out in one breath, then it is believed that the persons wish will come true.

On the other hand, if all the candles do not get blown off or if the person shares his wish with someone, then his wish will not come true.

Beautiful Candles for Your Birthday

Let us have a look at a few beautiful candles to accompany your birthday cake

  • Happy Birthday Candles: These are candles that are designed in the shape of alphabets. Each alphabet has a long base attached to it. Using this base, you can fix the alphabet onto the cake to create the sentence “HAPPY BIRTHDAY’.

This candle can be used for any person’s birthday irrespective of the age.

Happy Birthday Candles | 800 Flower Dubai

  • Bright colored candles: These are candles that are available in bright colors like pink, white, blue and yellow. It comes in a pack of 12 and can be beautifully arranged on the cake.Depending on the age of the person, you might need more than one pack of candle.

12 Bright Colored Candles | 800 Flower Dubai

  • Wavy candles: These are candles that are made in a curved shape. One pack of candle contains eight pieces, and the candles come in bold colors of pink, white blue and yellow.

8 Wavy Candles | 800 Flower Dubai

If you are on the lookout for birthday cakes, flower bouquet, and candles to celebrate your dear one’s birthday, look no further. 800 flower provides the freshest of flowers, cakes, and beautiful candles to make your day an extra special one.


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