Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare!

"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."
- William Shakespeare

Happy birthday to one of literature's greats: the very own William Shakespeare. We don't think you look a day over 450.

Although Shakespeare's exact birthdate is unknown, it is traditionally celebrated on April 23rd every year. Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564.

And how does someone as classic as Shakespeare celebrate his 450th birthday? With cake, of course! This year, Stratford-upon-Avon is hosting a giant party for the literary legend, complete with a many-tiered cake.

Interestingly enough, in Shakespeare's time, birthdays were  less eventful. The traditional "Happy Birthday" song had yet to be composed, and candles certainly didn't adorn his cake.

Nevertheless, we wish Shakespeare a wonderful birthday. Read a book or see a play to celebrate Shakespeare's monumental birth!

"To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I eye’d,
Such seems your beauty still." 
- William Shakespeare

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