758 Why Do We Eat Birthday Cake?

Speech Materals

The ancient Egyptians are credited with “inventing” the celebration of birthdays. They believed when pharaohs were crowned, they became gods, so their coronation day was a pretty big deal. That was their “birth” as a god.

Ancient Greeks borrowed the tradition but rightfully realized that a dessert would make the celebration all the more meaningful. So they baked moon-shaped cakes to offer up to Artemis, goddess of the moon, as a tribute. They decorated them with lit candles to make the cakes shine like the moon. Hence, the reason we light our birthday cakes on fire.

I – Word Understanding
Pharaoh – a ruler of ancient Egypt
Tribute – a gift or service showing respect, gratitude, or affection

II – Have Your Say
1, In your country, what occasions usually call for a cake? What types are popular and which one is your favorite?
2, Traditionally, how do people (in your country) celebrate birthdays and what food/dishes are mostly served in your country?
3, Describe your dream birthday celebration.
4, What do you know about ancient Egypt and ancient Greek?

758 Why Do We Eat Birthday Cake?

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