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Your August Birthday

Your August BirthdayIf you’re an August birthday baby, you’re an enthusiastic, energetic, honest and optimistic person.  Like the strong leader you are, you inspire those around you to greatness, tapping into the best they have to offer and reminding them of their own power.  You have considerable power yourself which is fueled by the sun and by your overflowing sense of sympathy for others.

You love doing work that is healthy and meaningful and you always work hard to overcome  any obstacles.  You take it upon yourself to create the opportunity to achieve your desired goals.  You have the heart of a lion and you share it with  kindness and confidence.

Your flower is the gladiolus, which comes in reds, pinks, whites, yellows and oranges, but which symbolizes strength of character and sincerity.  Others look to you to lead the way and nurture their dreams, for you’re always willing to shine your light.

Your gemstone is the Peridot which is known as the “gem of the sun” because of its brilliance when seen in the desert sunlight.  It was once believed that one could even see the light from a peridot in utter darkness.  Another name for this sparkling green stone is “evening emerald” and it was said to relieve innocent sleepers of bad dreams.

The peridot was worn in ancient times as a protection against undesired enchantments and against feelings of melancholy or depression.  It also could prevent infections and evil.  It’s only right that your gemstone would also signify strength and promise.

May this year bring you greater opportunities to pursue your life purpose,  beautiful moments of inspiration and all that you need to live “sunny side up” in the days ahead.  Your tremendous spirit and gracious charms benefit everyone around you.  Celebrate being fabulous you!

Know someone who’s celebrating an August birthday?  Don’t forget to share some of this great news with them or send them a birthday eCard to wish them a happy day and prosperous year ahead!

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The History of Birthdays

The History of BirthdaysIt’s a day that’s all about you – it’s your birthday! Celebrating the anniversary of the day you were born is a common thing, but have you ever wondered where the tradition began? Early man didn’t have a concept of time, or know how to calculate events. Marking the passage of time only became customary with the invention of calendars, which came about from the ability to read lunar cycles.

So where did we get some of the many traditions that come with birthdays?

Noisy Parties

Birthdays are often celebrated across many cultures (often with gifts, parties, etc.), but some say the tradition of birthday parties started inEurope. The superstition stated that evil spirits were particularly attracted to people on their birthdays, so to protect the birthday boy or girl, family and friends would visit. Apparently, bringing good wishes and lots of noise kept the spirits away! This is why many parties are filled with noise makers, music and lots of laughter. So break out the party favors and crank up the tunes!

Cake and Candles

A birthday celebration isn’t complete without a cake and candles! Some think the cake tradition started with the Greeks, who would take a round or moon shaped cake to thetemple of Artemis- the Goddess of Moon – to celebrate. They would then light candles on the cake to make it glow like a moon because they believed that gods lived in the sky and that lighted candles helped to send a signal or prayers.

Others think it was a German custom, as they would bake bread into the shape of baby Jesus’ swaddling cloth to mark the occasion. They’d then place a large candle in the middle of the cake, symbolizing ‘the light of life’.

And what about blowing out those flames? Candles are placed on a Birthday cake and a silent wish is made before blowing out the candle. Some say that blowing all candles out in one breath means the wish will come true and the person will have good luck in the coming year. Why? Early traditions believe that the rising smoke takes your wishes and prayers up to God. Regardless of what you believe, don’t let the flames burn too long – it’s bad form to let all of the wax melt all over the cake!

Dates

What’s the most popular birth date in theUnited States? October 5 holds this honor, while May 22 is the least common birth date.

So whether your birthday is today, or a full year away – happy birthday to you and yours! What do YOU do to celebrate your special day?

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