Its spring time!!! Nature is blossoming ,the water is getting warmer and the Newspaper is starting to fill up with Marriage announcements. As we say goodbye to the last weeks of winter and make way to the exciting days of spring before summer its clear wedding season has arrived and there are bucks parties happening left right and centre!!
The Bucks party, stag do, bachelor party has been around for much longer then we would all expect! It goes back as early as the 5th century B.C. where the ancient Spartans were the first to create a celebration for the groom on his last night as a single man. This event consisted of the Spartan soldiers putting on a lavish dinner in honour of the groom making toasts on his behalf while they wished him the best. We’ve come a long way since the early days, The bucks night, or stag party has become a lot louder wilder & well one way to describe it would be OUT OF CONTROL! In 1896 Herbert Barnum Seeley threw a stag party in honour of his brother & the party was raided by police when rumors appeared that a famous belly dancer was going to be at the party doing a nude performance. Before Jimmy Stewart had his wedding to Gloria Hatrick he threw a moonstruck party which hosted midgets popping out of serving dishes and catering to the crowd of eager party goers.
A lot of people wonder where the word “bachelor” even came from?? The meaning of bachelor was a young knight or a student with a bachelor’s degree which originally appeared in reference to an unmarried man in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales back in the 14th century. The term bachelor party didn’t start showing up until 1922,this was when it was first used in the Scottish publication Chambers’s Journal of Literature, Science and Arts to describe a “jolly old” party. The way we describe a bachelors party, stag night or bucks party is abbreviated in different ways around the globe. The stag party is highly used and known in the U.K., Ireland and Canada and in France the term allocated is enterrement de vie de garçon – which means “the burial of the life as a boy”.
There you have it, a little insight to where it all began ?