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It began as the “Good Morning to You” song with the now familiar “Happy Birthday to You” tune, and was written by Mildred Hill and Dr. Patty Hill as a kindergarten school song. Patty Hill is credited with changing the lyrics to “Happy Birthday” after the song gained popularity (and yes, it is still copyrighted).
Why all the candles?
Putting candles on birthday cakes is a tradition that can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks. It was a special way to pay tribute to the Greek moon goddess, Artemis. They baked round cakes to symbolize the moon. Candles were added to represent the reflected moonlight.
The world’s largest birthday cake was created in 1989 for the 100th Birthday of the city of Fort Payne, Alabama, USA. The cake weighed 128,238.5 pounds and used 16,209 pounds of icing.