The birthday cake is traditionally highly decorated, and typically covered with lit candles when presented, the number of candles signifying the age of the celebrant. It is also common for the person celebrating their birthday to cut the initial piece of the cake as a newlywed couple might with a wedding cake. In Venezuela, a widespread custom is to attempt the pushing of the person's face into the birthday cake when they blow out the candles. Birthday punches are administered throughout the day, but if the "birthday boy" hides from the punches, one final punch is allowed to be given. In Israel, part of the birthday celebration for a child in kindergarten is to lift the decorated chair that the child sits on into the air several times, once for each year of the child's age, plus "one for the next year".
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Birthday customs and celebrations
Birthday punches are administered throughout the day, but if the "birthday boy" hides from the punches, one final punch is allowed to be given. These celebrations are noted by big white tents being erected in the yards, which symbolize a huge celebration of some sort. The spankings, characteristically, are mostly administered in such a fashion that they do not hurt the recipient at all, or if they do, it is usually only a small "sting". While they are usually administered to children, the practice is somewhat common, even in areas and communities or among families where corporal punishment is otherwise frowned upon. The Chambers 21st Century Dictionary. This frequently destroys the cake.