Festivals, anniversaries, wedding engagements, graduation ceremonies, valentine's day, birthdays when we think of these days, it is almost impossible not to think about gifts.
What sparks the generous effort of gifting. to solve this mystery it is of value to look into a brief history of gifting.
THE BRIEF HISTORY OF GIFTING:
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As we dig deep into the evolution, we will realize that evolution has been supported by the phenomena of gifting.
For example, some research proves that, when a male monkey acquires access to food, he always try gifting it to a female monkey first.
In early human history, we have seen that the generous man would naturally be considered 'The ALPHA MALE' of the group.
- GIFTING IN STONE AGE
Eons ago, the leader of the tribe was gifted in the form of offerings.
On the day of celebration, the followers presented the gift in form of food & weapon, which they used to create via stones.
EGYPTIANS WERE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAY LONG BEFORE IT WAS COOL-
The ancient Egyptians are among the first civilization to practice the tradition of giving a gift on birthdays,
gifts were given to pharaohs on their coronation day.
THE ART OF GIVING GIFT IN ANCIENT GREECE:
In ancient Greece, they thought it was right to celebrate their birthdays.
The trend of birthdays came from ancient Greece, where GREEKS thought it's important to celebrate someone's birthday.
Especially, a member of the tribe to gift him or to make him feel special.
- GIFTING IN MIDDLE AGE:
With time, human connectivity grows from their old tribe. People started bonding with other tribes and soon the art of gifting became quite political.
A variety of romantic gifts, that may seem a little weird now, we're also given at that time including a love song composed by men which in turn was performed in front of women. Sooner gifting became intangible.
GIFTING IN BRITISH ERA:
They say that the British in their time ruled, almost one-fourth of the world. It was the British who brought in luxury to the gifting culture.
British started developing a taste for contemporary art. British had the power to import and export the artistic culture of one's hand to the other land.
Therefore, they remark the era of global gifting.
MODERN DAY GIFTING & CELEBRATIONS:
Each culture has its unique fascinating celebrations and gifting traditions that mostly differ from others.
Some of these examples may sound unusual to you but all of this interaction humans do in form of- Goodwill love and appreciation are nothing but a token of celebration & appreciation.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHT IN INDIA:
Diwali is a festival of light. It is celebrated for 5 days. Each year people celebrate it with the same enthusiasm. It is considered as India's biggest and most auspicious festival. The festival is a celebration of good over evil. Friends, families, and relatives exchange gifts on 4th day.
People gift in various varieties, from clothes to sweets, and everything in between is gifted to the loved ones.
THE MOST EXPENSIVE GIFT IN HISTORY OF GIFTING:
Taj Mahal, which is located in the Indian city of Agra. It is made up of the white marble, which was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628-1658). It is believed that he made the TAJ MAHAL for his favorite wife Mumtaz.
Gifting, since the beginning of evolution, has been an expression of emotions, which has been bound up by our societies and families. It seems that the gifting will continue to be, one of the positive aspects of the human being.