Birthday spankings

22Jun10

Do we have to film my birthday spanking for YouTube?

As this blog’s first birthday is fast approaching, some research has been done into birthday spankings. How do you spank a blog anyway?

It is not a universal custom even in the US and the only other place it appears to be common is Poland.

In England kids get the bumps, which is known as the dumps in Scotland, where the arms and a legs are grabbed by a large group and the birthday child is tossed into the air, sometimes being smashed into the floor or kicked, its not always meant to be fun.

But there does seem to be a common theme of inflicting some level of discomfort.

In the book, Autumn Scandals by Martin Pyx, one of the Sigma Cycle Books, an 18-year-old high school girl is spanked by her godmother on the bare with a plimsoll in front of her mother, brother, two of her mother’s friends and the daughter-in-law of one of the women. A young woman who is later spanked herself in front of the same company for entirely different reasons.

The girl getting the first spanking receives 18 swats, plus 10 to grow on, 10 to behave on and 10 to be ware on. She also gets some penalties because when her panties and jeans are taken down she is found to have been paddled at school that day.

Now this is an extreme fantasy setting for a birthday spanking, well it is that kind of book. But fiction can be at least as strange as fiction as we shall see.

The origins of the custom are not known. The obvious suggestion is that it is a recreation of the first slap of life to a newborn. But superstitions seem to surround it and one suggestion is that it is to ward off the devil. These superstitions then migrated into pranks.

For those who don’t know, the tradition is to give a spank for each year of the birthday child’s life. Beyond that number, a child received another spanking to grow on, one to live on, one to eat on, one to be happy on, and yet another spanking to get married on.

In some American sub-cultures it was believed, or so it is claimed, that if a girl was not spanked on her birthday, then she would never get married.

The similar Polish custom only happens on the 18th birthday. It is called the 18-stka Pasowanie, when the celebrant receives 18 hard whacks on the backside with a belt. These are usually given in earnest.

During the course of some serious research, there have been two responses from the north east USA, notably New York to suggest that its is not done there and is considered a hick custom.

This suggests that it is not a universal US custom but may be centred on the rural states. Also on one of the boards, Yahoo Questions, someone asked does the birthday girl get 30 from each person or just 30 in total. Presumably this was one worried woman.

Several people answered, again suggestion there is a developed protocol. One said: “If it’s under five people spanking, its 30 spanks a person. If it’s five or over, 30 spanks total.”

There was outrage at the suggestion: “Bare bottom over the knee 30 plus one while others watch.”

“Why would anyone do that?” Said Ms Angry of New York.

“Well it is kinda fun.” Came a reply.

This seems to be the root of the reason that this strange custom has persisted. In fact with the Internet, it seems to have proliferated across the English speaking world.

This last snippet is an illustration of this point.

“My mother told me when I was a girl that she used to get spanked on her birthday, which to me at age 10 was a horrible idea. Then I went to college and my roomie told me that once a year her mother spanked her in private on the bare as a sort of family ritual.

“She said that although it hurt, it was kind of fun and made her and her mother feel close.

“After thinking about that and talking about it some more we decided to spank each other in just this way on our birthdays. It was very strange but as she said, kind of fun and we did become very close. So much so, that now we are married with kids we take the time on each other’s birthdays.

“My husband jokes that we are both repressed lesbians, but he thinks it’s kind of cute as well.”

We can bet he does.



3 Responses to “Birthday spankings”

  1. 1 Karl Friedrich Gauss

    Some worthwhile findings there, Damien, and congratulations on your blog’s birthday. Perhaps we could volunteer S to take that one spank, plus ten to grow on and so forth.

  2. 2 Scunge

    Um it was certainly the custom in the State I grew up in Connecticut. I really don’t think it is considered a rural state. The birthday “spanking” was usually done at recess the kids would form two parallel lines and the spankee would go down and get at least one swat from everybody. Never done hard or maliciously. I think we all stopped doing it after the third grade though.

  3. 3 SpankMe

    Never heard of Birthday spankings in the UK – I wonder if being ‘given the bumps’ on your birthday (literally, a child being held by hands and ankles and bumped on the floor) is a related custom.

    Not nearly as much fun as being spanked


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