Why We Use Red Cups at Parties And Blow Candles on Birthdays
Why We Use Red Cups at Parties And Blow Candles on Birthdays

I was recently invited to a party. And while
I was having fun, I began to think about all the things that make a party a party: Why
are all the cups red? And who invented barbecue, dancing, and birthday wishes? Here’s what
I found out! –Happy Birthday! Yeah you, from your pals
at Bright Side – for whenever your birthday is!
This time, it was my friend’s birthday. I was a little late and came at the very moment
they brought the cake out. It made me wonder: where did the tradition of celebrating birthdays
come from? It turns out that the first birthday party
was in Ancient Egypt in 3000 BC! Only the pharaohs and their heirs were allowed to celebrate
them. It was the same in Ancient Rome – only the kings and high-ranking officials got a
feast on their special day. The tradition to give gifts also came from here as a way
to earn their favor and trust. Ah look, little Julius is getting his toy chariot!
As for ordinary people, they wouldn’t be able to celebrate their birthday even if they wanted
to – no one wrote down the dates they were born on. They didn’t begin to register the
birth of each person until the 12th century, and even then, only the men in the family
could celebrate. The first woman who celebrated her birthday was Cleopatra!
In Germany, there’s a bizarre tradition for any single man over 30 to work on his
birthday. And by that I mean he has to sweep the steps of city council while his friends
throw garbage and stones at them. He can only celebrate his birthday if a woman passes by
and gives him a kiss. How long do you think that takes – all day? No thanks, I’ll
go with the traditional birthday spanking. –Make a wish
Oh, my friend is already blowing out the candles on the cake, and again, I wonder – what does
this mean, and who came up with blowing out the candles and making a wish? Well, back to Ancient Greece again. A special
pie was brought to the temple for the birthday of Artemis. The pie itself symbolized the
moon, and the candles – the light from it. In Ancient Persia, candles were used as an
expression of people’s feelings of warmth and sincerity toward the one celebrating their
birthday. In medieval Germany (when they began to consider
a birthday a celebration), people thought that the smoke from extinguished candles carried
the person’s desires up to the sky! And if you said your wish out loud, the candle
would lose its magical power. The Germans even believed in a special holiday gnome.
It’s something like Santa Clause, who brings people gifts for their birthday. And if you
set your gnome up on your stove, then you have a “gnome on the range”. Nah, I made
that up. But, the most interesting tradition was in
England. Coins and jewelry were put into the cake, which was then divided among all the
guests. This way, not only the birthday boy or girl gets gifts, but all who were invited.
In China, in addition to the cake, the birthday person is given a plate with long noodles.
They symbolize a long and happy life. –BBQ
My friend has already blown out the candles and is now calling all the guests to the backyard
for a BBQ. While everyone is having fun and eating meat, a question comes to my mind:
“How was the BBQ invented?”. No Ancient Greece, Rome or Egypt this time!
Of course, people have known how to grill meat since they invented fire, but it became
popular thanks to George Washington in the 18th century! And he learned to BBQ from African
Americans. “I went to Alexandria for a barbecue and stayed there all night,” reads one of
Washington’s diary entries. Only celebrities and rich people held BBQ parties, and later
this tradition became popular throughout America, especially in the Southern States. In 1909,
the first BBQ sauce hit the shelves in the United States. Before that, everyone just
had their own secret recipes for sauce. –Snacks
Everyone is having fun, drinking soda, and eating meat, but I’m not very hungry, so I
decide to grab some chips. And then curiosity distracts me from the fun again. How did people
even come up with the idea of making these thin potato slices? It turns out that the chips were cooked accidentally;
and what a happy accident! It was in August 1853. Chef George Crum brought his signature
dish to a rich client – french fries. However, the guest didn’t like how thick the potato
was cut. So, Chef Crum jokingly decided to cut the potatoes into paper thin slices and
then fry them. The client really liked the dish and the chef began to put a basket of
chips at each table. After that, the easy-to-cook appetizer spread throughout America and became
the most popular snack at parties. –Red cups
I pour myself a soft drink to sip on, and another question pops into my head! “Why are
these cups red?” In 1970, the American company “Solo Cup” first
released its iconic plastic red cups. They instantly became popular with young people:
they’re light, compact, and, most importantly, they don’t need to be washed. But why are
they red? Well first, so that you can easily find your
drink on the table – the red color stands out. Second, from a psychological point of
view, the red color calls for decisiveness and action! It’s as if the cup is saying:
“Hey, drink me! Time to relax and have fun!” Third, the red color also symbolizes love,
and this fits in perfectly with the festive atmosphere of the party. –Pinata
But right now, my mood isn’t festive, it’s exclusively scientific, because before my
eyes there is the most interesting ritual of the party – whacking the Pinata! This
is a lot of fun, but … Why? The exact origin of the pinata is unknown.
Pinata-like rituals have appeared in all corners of the planet. But it’s believed that it originated
from China, where the ancestors of the pinata were paper lanterns and dragons. But the pinata
got its name from the Italian word “pignatta”, which means “clay cone-shaped pot.” A long
time ago, residents of Spain, Italy, and Portugal broke clay pots filled with fruits. With this
ritual, they marked the end of the harvest season. But why is the pinata associated with
Mexico? It was there that it gained popularity and became one of the most iconic traditions
of every birthday party. Not a single one takes place without the pinata. But it didn’t
appear in this country until the 16th century, when the Spanish came to Mexico. –Dance
And while I figure it all out, friends are dragging me to the dance floor! “Wait, I’m
not very good at…” but it’s too late – I’m already here. I pretend to dance, but I’m
actually watching those dancing around me, wondering where it all came from. A very long time ago, people didn’t dance
because it was fun, but to conduct pagan rites. They even took dance movements from animals!
Later, more structured dances came in the form of the waltz, tango, and other ballroom
styles. But letting go on the dance floor like we do at parties began in the 50s, when
the era of rock and roll came to life! This type of dancing made a real revolution in
society! Many considered it indecent, but from it, dozens of other modern types of dance
grew. –Fireworks
Oh, I didn’t notice the dance floor emptying out. And why is everyone going out into the
yard? Ah, fireworks! What a beautiful sight! I don’t want to miss it – tell you about it
when I get back! Okay okay, I’m joking. The first fireworks, if you can call them
that, appeared in China and looked like this: a bamboo stick was thrown into the fire and
… that’s it. Bamboo banged loudly and it was believed that this scared away evil ghosts.
Then, according to legend, one guy mixed some specific components and came up with an early
prototype of explosive powder. He put it in a bamboo stick and again threw it into a bonfire.
Now the bang was even louder, sparks flew out of the fire, and evil ghosts were even
more afraid. The Chinese realized this was a great way
to scare away not only ghosts, but also enemies. The powder was put in paper tubes and eventually
attached to arrows. Later, these arrows were used for navigation.
The makeshift “rockets” were launched into the night sky to illuminate the road.
And voila, there’s the first firework! Later, it became popular in Europe and they began
to use it on holidays. Well, that’s it, I got to the bottom of
everything that I was curious about. I’d say it’s about time I have some fun. Wait, where
is everyone? Well, it seems like the party is over. Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos
I think you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay on the Bright Side of life!

100 thoughts on “Why We Use Red Cups at Parties And Blow Candles on Birthdays”

  1. 1000 subscribers without any content says:

    I got challenged to get 1000 subscribers without any content. It would be gift for my friend's birthday.
    Would you pls help me out in this.

  2. Peggy Winters-Stevens says:

    We host all holidays at our house. We use good China but red solo cups and write everyone's name on their cup so no one drinks out of the wrong cup!πŸ€“πŸ€­

  3. Kevin Wakli Fitness says:

    Tomorrow is my birthday. All are welcomed.

  4. Hassan Mahone says:

    Who else has been a fan of BRIGHT SIDE before 2020?! 😌🍾

    πŸ‘‡πŸ½ I’m gifting my next 100 subs ✨

  5. Gemma Silvestre says:

    Video idea: Why are the screen of smartphones black and not white?

  6. luis mendoza says:

    Im early? Wow

  7. EL Kadirbaks says:


  8. EASY ART says:

    Legend says that he is still holding that cupπŸ˜‚

  9. EL Kadirbaks says:


  10. BRAINIAC says:

    anyone remeber when bright Side had a different narrator

  11. BRAINIAC says:

    "I was recently invited to a party"
    Hasn't been invited to a party in 5 years

  12. Belle Does Gacha says:

    The comments were at 111,I messed it up

  13. TONAY molly says:

    Common guys 300 views please guys

  14. TONAY molly says:

    Show love

  15. Robles Family says:

    Hi i love ur vids

  16. Hi Welcome to Chilies says:

    Soda?? 🀭

  17. EPIC REALM says:

    I was recently invited to a party

  18. Buck boyvlogs says:

    I have a good one for you how were seat warmers invented

  19. Derek Dudes says:

    Red Solo cup…I pick you up.

  20. Lybienne Milcah Mordeno says:


  21. MASTER5 !!!!! says:

    Today is my brothers birthday
    Wish him a happy birthday 🎁 by liking

  22. LotsOfStuff 123 says:

    I would never want dirty money in my cake it wouldn't be edible lol

  23. JosΓ© Villas says:

    theres no ball room dancing anymore its 2020 the dances people do are the renegades,twerking, lol

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  25. ZainabJ. Gum says:

    I love red

  26. Haamidh Asif says:

    In my country it's a tradition to do an egg prank on the birthday boy or girl we do have the rest🐣πŸ₯šπŸ°πŸŽ‚

  27. Mardin the boss 100 says:


  28. Scrubs says:

    In Egypt they didn't have fire works that was China

  29. The Rose That Grew from the Concrete says:

    Red solo cup, i fill you up

  30. H Factor64 says:

    Cavemen and cave women…….have been cooking and eating around OpenFires while cooking meat, laughing and talking…….for 100,000s +++ yrs

    Thats where the BBQ started

  31. Jimmy Two Shoes Rocks GDMT MLBT Mister Beast Rocks says:

    Who else likes videos

  32. Mikica Freestyle says:

    Today is my birthday what are the odds πŸ˜€πŸ˜™πŸ˜€

  33. E88e LOLXD says:


  34. Banana Spliter 595 says:

    why did they stab themselves with a bat?

  35. Heny Haryanti says:

    My birthday is on 17 january

  36. Law Rus says:

    Red cups are a tradition from hill billies burning crosses 🀐i mean barn fires.πŸ˜‰

  37. Kathy B says:

    Because they're cheap!

  38. DIY Crafts Vyan says:

    To day happy birthday my son. Thank for your video

  39. Reazar87 says:

    The more accurate title would be, "Why Americans use red cups at parties." Practically no-one in England uses them.

  40. Quinn Beasley says:

    I always used the red Solo cups because they are cheap. Not because they are red…

  41. Leevi Miettunen says:

    lol today is my brothers birthday

  42. shagufta sheikh says:

    Great research. Loved it as my research about these subjects, you helped me clarify all. Thanks a lot and all the best for future findings.

  43. Harlemworldboy says:

    Respectfully ancient Kemites were not white or Arabs. If we are about science and truths please go all the way.

  44. Emey Spekky says:

    1. Easy to find
    2. Red colors call for decisiveness and action
    3. Symbol of love

    Im just bored..

  45. Melannie Diaz says:

    hi how are u guys?

  46. Parker Gaming says:

    4:43 you welcome

  47. Trygve Hille Halvorsen says:

    I have b day today

  48. steve Gibson says:

    May be a thing in America but I have never used red cups they are normally white or clear.

  49. Gabby179 Evo says:

    The likes are 811!!!
    Edit:Not anymore…

  50. ola torsvik says:

    it was my birthday yesterday jan.20

  51. Lexi Stephens says:

    New mexico didn’t have a meatπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  52. Dash Gamer says:

    Two minutes silence for who has Birthday today

  53. Jonathan Larrarte says:

    Don't lie dude you and I both know you were not invited to any party

  54. Rodolfo Cancino says:

    I Tought it Was Just Fits The Fruit Punch

  55. FazorPlays says:

    8k views in 2 hours? wth man i think when the notification pops up they were like OMG OMG OMG NEW VIDEO IM GONNA BE FIRST

  56. FireFist YT says:

    Thanks for the facts!

  57. A.M.G CLASH says:

    where Is Electricity formed bright side if you ans I will subscribe you

  58. Space??? Cadet!!! says:

    Easy they are cheap in bulk

  59. Yhell Bee says:

    The only thing I need answer for is, Why is Earth?

  60. Muan Kima says:

    Lol today is my birthday…only my parents knows it. Why did bright side upload this video today πŸ€”

  61. Soshi Kawakita says:

    Did you have fun with party with thinking these things

  62. Circuit says:

    I've never been to a party πŸ™

  63. Kirk Morrison says:

    I use Blue Solo Cups as I prefer them. I also add a magic marker on the table so everyone can write their name on the cups

  64. red44 lap44 says:

    we don't. we use white XDDDDDD

  65. imabanana says:

    i have to be honest ive never seen those in my life here in sweden

  66. HEIDI FISHER says:

    Because Toby Keith says SO!πŸ€—πŸ˜πŸ˜™πŸ₯ƒπŸ‘„πŸŒ·πŸŽπŸ…πŸ“πŸ’πŸŒΆπŸŽˆβ™₯οΈβ™¦οΈπŸŒ‹β™¨οΈπŸŽͺπŸ›‘πŸš˜πŸš€πŸŒ‘πŸŒ‚β˜‚οΈπŸ”₯βœ”βŽπŸ’―πŸ†˜οΈπŸ”ΊοΈπŸ”»πŸ”΄βš€βšπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  67. pete jones says:

    We don't in the UK

  68. Alka Mundra says:

    Title: why are these cups red
    Me: because they are not Green πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  69. Cowboy Pomeranian says:

    English subtitles 'cuz im DEAF

  70. Anna Mikulin says:

    lol today is my birthday good timing

  71. Frank Struthers says:

    Wyt Egyptians?

  72. Allen Cohen says:

    Good info about things that some of us may have been curious about.

  73. Guz s says:

    Wow I birthday was 3 days ago

  74. Subin Phuyal says:

    Neither we used red cup in parties nor i celebrate birthdays

  75. World Weird Web says:

    Red cups = U.S thing. So no "we" ;-p

  76. Keanu Longdon says:

    Hey bright side you know when you did your consent age in iceland was 15 it is younger in the phillipines is 12

  77. Brittnie Ramirez says:

    January 21 is my birthday

  78. GARY BINGHAM says:

    I always wonder when did people started using the middle finger as bad gesture to insult people

  79. Kevin Barr says:

    Well thanks for the birthday wishes but mine's not until July

  80. Dovla Cro says:

    Dance is females visual health checks of males (durability / endurance, strenght, creativity, body coordination, social acceptability…)

  81. leo king says:

    Give me your birthday date

  82. A.V. Cat says:

    Very interesting but just wondered how you created the animation. Any specific computer software?

  83. Tamara Pierre says:

    0:04 Me: OMG what is happening???
    My brain: an earthquake.
    Reflex: run!!!

  84. New User says:

    Remember when it was suppose to answer why party cups are red?

  85. Aakarsh Somvanshi says:

    How do you make animated videos?

  86. Jason pratt says:

    Hi bright side I’ve been subbed for a year

  87. graham alford says:

    Makes no sense what if ye leave drink down comeback all ye see is red cups?

  88. Do you really want to know my name? says:

    My birthday is over 9 days

  89. Zakaziko Ziko says:

    Because we are comunist

  90. Gacug Gamer says:

    bright side: why we use red cups at parties
    what about white paper cups

  91. Catfish Hunter says:

    Well bright side got lucky at a party!…with 2 girls and 1cup.i bet he showed them his bright side..

  92. johnny dark says:

    people didn't invent fire.

  93. AldinLeL says:

    I use white cups.

  94. NycBeauty says:

    Ancient Egyptians we’re not White. The video is entertaining though

  95. 0W3NL3W1S 211 says:

    My birthday is actually today lol

  96. Ace Hardy says:


  97. jay p says:

    I really enjoyed this vid and learned something, thanks.

  98. Rosa Davila says:

    Wow! This was uploaded the day after my birthday!
    I once had a party without a piΓ±ata.

  99. Clau Marin says:

    I have NEVER EVER been invited to parties TnT

  100. CarmaMacchiato27 says:

    My birthday is next month lol

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