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Sunday, 28 March 2010
Historical record suggests that the first birthday celebrations emerged in Germany ~ where a 'kinderfeste' (children's celebration) was held on the anniversary of a child's birth. This was marked with candle lighting, feasting and often, with the wearing of a special birthday crown.

Why a crown? Perhaps it reaches back to the earlier tradition of marking the birth day of kings and high persons with parties and feasting and dancing ~ often done in early times in order to surround the leader with people in order to dissuade evil spirits who were thought to prey on them particularly on the anniversary of their birth.

Today, when we mark the day of a child's birth, a special crown may be worn (in the Waldorf as well as other, such as Israeli, traditions) by the child to identify them as the focus of our joy and celebrating!

I have made Rowan a crown each year for her birthday. We also have other traditions in the making, such as telling the story of her birth on the eve of her birthday (as she was born at 1:35 am), a special birthday breakfast and this year we are adding the lighting of a birthday wreath.

I have also begun to make and stock crowns in the BTRT shop as I am finding such delight in combining various felting techniques and fibers with applique, embroidery, beading, dyeing and more! Each one is unique and could be worn for several years, or given as a birthday crown and brought into dressup play throughout the year.

I would LOVE to hear about the birthday traditions in your home! Please feel free to add them to the comment section and I will be using some in upcoming articles, too!


Ariella said...

those crowns are unbelievably pretty!

Chandra said...

Oh, I bet she loves her crowns! We have a fun birthday plate that the birthday child gets to use. And they get to pick out their dinner for the day too. I usually forget to get out the plate, but they are sure to remind me. :)

FairiesNest said...

These are so magical, I love them!

Julie said...

Your crowns are just gorgeous!

Diane said...

We have a tradition in our family where the birthday person makes presents to give to everyone else in the family on their special day. Makes for lots of lovely handmade giving!

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