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Traditionally, a person would be spanked the same amount as their age plus one more for growth as good luck. If a person didn't receive a birthday spanking, it would be considered bad luck or “soften up the body for the tomb". Today, this birthday custom is considered more as a prank.
Traditions from around the world: Birthday celebrations from America. (n.d.). BirthdayCelebrations.Net. Retrieved February 09, 2021, from http://www.birthdaycelebrations.net/usabirthdays.htm