'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
Knowledge is power.
Believe in the existence of God the superpower.
We will be cutting cakes on our birthday. But we have no habit of blowing off the candles. We treat this as unauspicious. Even cutting a cake is also performed only for kids and we will not do that when the child crosses his/her 12th year.
Various religions will have different practices and different ways of celebrating various occasions. Cutting cake or blowing off candles is not the tradition of Hindus. But we have imported from other countries and we always feel happy if we become more and more westernised.
Instead we can celebrate the birthdays by lighting a lamp in nearby temple, offering sweets by buying or preparing in house to the relatives and friends.
I have gone through the different submissions. One thing that delighted me is that even though at a slow pace, we are beginning to question the influential part of the foreign culture. But this is not limited to only in context to extinguishing candles for any kind of celebrations but extending to the use of firecrackers too. The Indian cultures were never addicted to any such activities which had negative implications on our surroundings. It is good to share here that for long I have stopped for such things which were never the part of Indian cultures but strictly following what our ancestors used to follow once. Now for birthday celebrations I am going to a nearby temple and doing Havan or the Homa if possible.