Thank Ancient Greece For Birthday Candles!

It all started with celebrating Artemis, the goddess associated with childbirth, wildlife, and the moon. People in ancient Greece would make moon shaped cakes to celebrate her and then they would surround the cakes with whatever their version of candles looked like so that the fire would light the cake up to look just like the moon in the sky. How did it relate to births though? Well people who were worried about experiencing the loss of a child during birth would often make sacrifices to Artemis believing she made the choice if they baby survived.  Check out the whole very interesting story here at!