Birthday “Bum”

3 Dec

The youngster celebrated his birthday last week (or Birthaa Daay as they call it here). He goes to school, hands out sweets and then comes home holding his rear end. The reason. He got the “Birthday Bum” treatment.

For those of you who are not in the know (as I was), it is traditional for your friends to kick you in the backside, one for each year. I don’t know when this “tradition” started.

I then asked my niece who is a second year Medico. She looked at me  and said “Sure thats normal”.

Can anyone shed light on this bizarre tradition. What are the kicks meant to achieve? I’m glad that it wasn’t there when we were in school. Or am I 😉


15 Responses to “Birthday “Bum””

  1. | Balu | December 3, 2007 at 7:19 am #

    The tradition is as old as the practice of celebrating b’day itself..
    The first time i received it was in college though… we used to fight in school only after cricket matches (umpiring issues.. sigh!)

  2. praneshachar December 4, 2007 at 10:28 am #

    poor nikhil anyhow belated birth day wishes to him let him achieve much higher scales than his appa may god bless him
    vinjay chennagi massage madiappa poor fellow must be having tuff time on that day.
    as you mentioned it was not in our time too may be now it is common. but we had new pinch if you wear new shirt and go either they will pinch or benna mele ondu guddu

  3. Vijay December 4, 2007 at 2:55 pm #

    @Balu: Looks like I grew up on the “wrong” side of town…

    @Pranesh: I think he was ok the next day… 🙂

  4. Terri December 4, 2007 at 9:04 pm #

    vijay, the practice was definitely there when I was in school. We weren’t kicked, but were bounced on the floor (one for each year) by a group. At the time, our biggest worry in a coed school was to make sure our skirts didn’t fly.
    The tradition is as dumb as smashing birthday cake in somebody’s face.

  5. some body December 5, 2007 at 1:57 am #

    you would expect that thick skin thus developed would help one to “cya” better 😉

    are you saying that he didn’t get bum(p)ed last year?

    – s.b.

  6. Vijay December 5, 2007 at 2:05 am #

    @Terri: At the time, our biggest worry in a coed school was to make sure our skirts didn’t fly… lol… Couldn’t agree more on the cake thing.. what a waste…

    @SB: Only started this year (according to him).. or maybe they didn’t kick hard enough last year 😉

  7. Ram December 6, 2007 at 4:00 am #

    hosa batte guddhu antha hodiskondiddhu gnyaapaka idhe – but certainly bb (birthday bump) wasn’t in the school I studued in bangalore. it is all exciting to distribute candies in the class but it is not to get those kicks 🙂

    so it is probably a diff version of hosa batte gudhdhu but for very special occasion “birthday”?

  8. Veena December 6, 2007 at 12:18 pm #

    I got to know about birthday bum during my engineering … its so horrible.. 2 people(or more depending on the weight of the person) hold the birthday boy in air (two legs and arms hanging in air) and rest of the gang gives a whacky hits on the back… It sounds so cruel though…

    Thank GOD, girls were excused from this one! 🙂

  9. Bhel Puri & Seekh Kabab December 7, 2007 at 4:08 am #

    Man, that’s definitely a birthday tradition I hadn’t heard of before. Sounds painful – good excuse for the youngster to have taken the day off 😛


  10. Vijay December 7, 2007 at 6:28 am #

    @Ram: Hosa batte stuff apparently “so past” (according to my son)… This is a case of “kAAsu kottu vodhe thinnodhu”…

    @Veena: Yes apparently girls are excused.. but going by Terris comment above not everywhere… (at least the bouncing)

    @BPSK: Join the club… I thought I was the only one who didnt know of it…

  11. Xylene December 20, 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    Well to ma knowledge it just another reason for us to kick someone’s a$$, and being it his bday he wont complain.

  12. Lathish April 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    whether birthday bums, splashing cake over the face or just bouncing,, all these are utter nonsense!!! tell me wht enjoyment do one get by doing all such nonsense things? instead make the guy happy… stop entertaining by foolish acts………

  13. Vijay April 26, 2008 at 2:23 am #

    @Latish: Agree with you….as Xylene says just an excuse to kick someone

  14. Raj June 6, 2008 at 2:07 am #

    This stupid “tradition” as some immature people call it is also very risky. I know of at least two people who have been partially disabled because of dislocated disks. If you have recurring lower back pain, look back to your college years, you might understand why.

  15. Vijay June 6, 2008 at 3:42 am #

    @Raj: You have echoed my thoughts on the “stupidity” part… you are correct on the risk part..

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