At a certain point in life, the joy of a birthday may lose a little something, but even when that happens, you may not be able to escape some traditions. Cake, presents, singing, and parties are all part of birthdays around the world, albeit in different forms and fashions.
A lot of how birthdays unfold around us can be traced back decades, centuries, and millennia. From candle-blowing to donkey-pinning, the history of popular birthday traditions is a complex mix of cultural influences, religious beliefs, and social mores. To find out more about birthdays throughout time and how they have shaped our celebrations today, unwrap the fun facts we found and vote up the ones that offer a nice slice of history.