Newfoundland’s Tib’s Eve

23 Dec
English: Newfoundland and Labrador Province wi...

Newfoundland and Labrador Province within Canada.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)


December 23 means Tib’s eve in Newfoundland, Canada. I’d never heard of this either, until last year, anyway.

Quite interesting. Tib’s eve, from what I’ve read, means “never”. As in, “it’ll be Tib’s eve before you get that done!”

Tibb’s Eve, also known as Tipp’s Eve, Tip’s Eve or Tipsy Eve, originated on the south coast of Newfoundland. Β It’s also widely recognized in other parts of the province stretching from Port-Aux-Basques to St. Anthony. The term is substantially less well known on the more urban avalon portion of the province.

The wild festivity started sometime around the mid-20th century as the first night during Advent when it was appropriate to have a drink. Advent was a sober, religious time of year and traditionally people would not drink alcohol until Christmas Day at the earliest. Tibb’s Eve emerged as an excuse to imbibe two days earlier. According to Dr. Phil Hiscock of Memorial University’s Folklore Department the tradition of celebrating Tibb’s Eve is similar to 19th century workers taking Saint Monday off from work.

“The more contemporary explanation of St. Tib’s comes from the association of the day with a Christmas tipple. In the 1500s if you were to go out for a drink you went out to a tipple, or alehouse, and were served by a tippler, the alehouse keeper. In Newfoundland – St. Tib’s became – the first real occasion to taste the homebrew, a day where the men would visit each other’s homes for a taste.”

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19 responses to “Newfoundland’s Tib’s Eve

  1. mionsiog

    January 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    It is always nice to learn about other peoples customs and where they came from.
    Thank You.
    Oh, yeah, thanks for stopping by my news stand.

    • tkmorin

      January 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      … and thank you for the kind words, mionsiog! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. πŸ™‚

  2. Susie

    January 22, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I love little history trivia like that. πŸ™‚

    • tkmorin

      January 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      It’s fun, eh? πŸ™‚

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    January 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm

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    January 18, 2013 at 12:05 am

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    • tkmorin

      January 18, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Thanks, Marilyn! Kind words are always appreciated! πŸ™‚

  5. angrygaijin

    January 17, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Ooooh delicious Canadian timbits to remember!!!

    • tkmorin

      January 17, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Heehee Aren’t some ’em delicious! πŸ™‚

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    January 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    What a people you are.

    • tkmorin

      January 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      I will take that as a compliment! πŸ™‚

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    January 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Happy New Year and all the best for 2013. Also, thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to following yours.

    • tkmorin

      January 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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  9. Canada Alive!

    December 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Haha, very interesting!

    • tkmorin

      December 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks! πŸ™‚


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