For most people around the world, the modern tradition of birthday celebrations involves a party with family and friends, gifts, cards and blowing candles out on a cake while everyone sings “Happy Birthday!” to you.

But why?

Have you ever thought where the custom of celebrating birthdays comes from?

Although the exact origin hasn’t been formally determined, The Huffington Post have done some research and compiled the most popular theories from various historians over the years in this article, including how birthday cakes came about and who wrote the “Happy Birthday To You” song.

Winter is a popular time of year for birthdays at VIVA!, so yesterday the team headed down to Ripples at Chowder Bay for a delicious meal and wine to congratulate Team VIVA! members Paul, Claire and Mark on turning another year older!

Paul Mark Claire