Thursday, November 29, 2012

Why The ‘Happy Birthday?’

That mustache adds so much.
Birthdays have many strange traditions that seem to come out of nowhere. For example, why do we eat cake? Why do we make a wish when we blow out the candles? Why do we speak Portuguese before cooking out the ceremonial birthday shwarma?...What? Wait none of you speak Portuguese before cooking the ceremonial birthday shwarma? Well you are missing out, my friends, but I digress.

All of these traditions I can accept, but why is it we wait until the birthday of someone to say, “Happy Birthday”

‘Happy Birthday’ can have two meanings:


2. Desire: I sure hope you have a happy birthday!

Either way, why do we say it on the birthday and not the day before, the week before, or even decades before?

It makes no sense to say “Happy Birthday” on the birthday because then you are only wishing/commanding them to have part of the day happy. Why not wish the entire day that way?

In fact, I think when the person is born, everyone should just say, “I wish/command all of your birthdays are happy!” Not only would this make more sense, but it would take you off the hook for having to say “Happy Birthday” every year.

Birthday person: Aunt Sally, why didn’t you say “Happy Birthday?”
You: I’m not you’re Aunt Sally, and I already wished you a “Happy Birthday” when you were born.
Birthday person: Oh! Well in that case I think you are the best Aunt Sally anyone could ever have. I love you the most especially compared to those who only wished me “Happy Birthday” for only part of the day.

I’m pretty sure that’s how the dialogue would go.

So, dear reader, I hope you have listen to this message and will never say “Happy Birthday” on a person’s real birthday ever again.

Comment questions: What do you think of birthdays? When is your birthday? Do you speak Portuguese before cooking the ceremonial birthday shwarma? What about after cooking the ceremonial birthday shwarma?

-The Anon Blogger

P.S. Happy future birthdays to everyone! Enjoy the shwarma!

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  1. mmmm cakes and shawarmas....*hunger mode activated*

  2. Birthdays.
    I agree, what about the rest of the year?
    N.B. If you've just had you 14th birthday read my post 14.
    Michael E. East.

  3. My birthday for me is a glorious day. Much? Maybe haha, but yea , I love it when people take the time to call up and wish me. Birthdays are meant to be celebrated!

    My birthday is the 27th of July - 1992 (:

  4. My birthday is on February 14.. I hate it when everybody greets me on that day every year. I never like that day. I'm never happy.

    I go to school on a Valentines Day and I'm glad when nobody knows it's my birthday. I see girls at canteens and classes clutching chocolates, flowers, heart balloons and poor me, I'm not. :c

    Ironically, I'm not sweet and lovable. I'm 21 and I've never had a boyfriend. Wish I was born on Feb. 29, because then nobody would greet me.