A bachelor party that is world famous to celebrate the “last night of freedom” or the groom in Canada, South Africa, and the US is also known as a stag party, stag night or stag dos especially in the areas of Commonwealth countries and Ireland. It is also known as a bull’s party in South Africa, or a buck’s partier buck’s night that is organized for a man who is getting married shortly before the night of his marriage, to spend some quality time with his male friends and close relatives of the same genre, who are often at his wedding party afterward. In the same way, if the similar kind of stag party events is organized for the bride-to-be (females) then they are known as hen night party or Stag doe party.
A bachelor party or stag party involves activities that are beyond the usual party and social gathering ingredients which often include drinking alcohol and gambling, going to a strip club or hiring a stripper according to the budget of the groom who is throwing party for his friends in a traditional way, or with pranks that are performed as a rite of passage from his bachelorhood to act more responsible in his upcoming marital life.
Let’s see how stag parties are celebrated in different countries:
- Germany: The bachelor party in Germany is called as Junggesellenabschied. There are few events which couples celebrate with each other prior to their wedding and are known as Polterabend. This German wedding custom is the celebrated night before the wedding where the guests break porcelain to invite luck to the newly wed’s. The tradition goes back to the pre-Christian days, where they break the porcelain evil spirits that need to be driven off. Hence these Anglo-styled bachelor parties had become one of the most sought after parties for bachelors.
- France: Quebec is a French-speaking region where this bachelor party is conducted with lots of fun and known as enterrement de vie de garçon, which translates to “burial of the life as a boy” or “burial/funeral of the life as a bachelor”. Whereas in case of or women – enterrement de vie de jeune fille, which translates to “burial/funeral of the life as a young girl”. Well in English-speaking countries, these kind of parties are often featured with heavy drinks and various humiliations, and at times organized with strippers.
- United Kingdom: In this country, such a party lasts longer and is commonly known as stag weekends. Well to organize this event there are many companies who offer mini-trips and holidays to take part in various activities and enjoy the night out at some best towns such as Bournemouth, Cardiff, Brighton, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Blackpool, Newcastle upon Tyne and London.
- The USA and Canada: It reckons one about the most popular place of Las Vegas that is crowded with a huge number of visitors from all across the world and best location for a wedding. With the increase in demand for bachelor party and night standouts, the Americans travel from Montreal or Mexico for the possible positive reaction by consuming alcohol, hiring the event with a stripper which states the bachelor parties to symbolize the freedom of groom for the last time as he will be influenced by his new wife after marriage.
Well, this event of a stag party is formally assigned to the groom’s male sibling in a traditional way who is the best male to organize it. It is advised to keep the activities planned regarding this party event secret from the groom even if any other male friend has planned its advance.