The tradition of lighting these candles on a cake was practiced years ago and in today, people embrace their significance and lighted them in top of a birthday cake. Number of them is used on a cake to represent the age of a person celebrating his or her birthday. In tradition, the guest of honor blows them out before the cake is served while in some cultures, people believe that if all of the birthday candles can be blown out with one breath, the guest of honor will enjoy good fortune and happiness in the next following year. Others believe that if a silent wish is made before these candles are blown out and extinguished all at once, that wish will come true in the following year. There are number of different styles of them that are available for you to choose from. The basic type of birthday candles is thin tapers about the height of a finger and specifically designed so that many of them can be fitted onto the cake. Some pranksters like to use them for a trick which looks like ordinary candles until someone starts to blow them out and start sparking and sputtering without becoming extinguished or relight them after they have apparently gone out. Incidentally, trick candles used on birthdays can be extinguished by being removed from the cake and then dunked directly to the water. Germans perfected themselves in the art of candle-making and placed birthday candles on the cake but only for some religious reasons. They are used to place a big candle in the centre of the cake to represent as the ‘light of life’. The candle is marked with lines and numbers, usually 12, which would be burned every year. Normally, a birthday cake is typically presented with the birthday candles lit on top of it. The candles are often lit in the kitchen allowing the cake to be paraded through the house until it reaches the guest of honor. Different cultures around the world have simple songs which are sung during the parading of the cake and children often learn the tunes at a very young age so that people of all ages can chime in on the birthday song. They are often used in some religious celebrations and there may have originally been a religious component them on top of a cake. These birthday candles play a part at birthdays for they are very symbolic and add an extra view at the cake. Whatever the theme you want to have for your birthday, there is a wide selection of candles you can have that will fit on the theme you want to generate. But, the thought is the thing that counts and everything presented is just an extra touch that will result for a more memorable event leading to great happiness. You can simply have birthday candles of your choice to be on top on your cake and everything follows.