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.”

Page update December 24, 2014


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18 responses to “Newfoundland’s Tib’s Eve

  1. seaangel4444

    January 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I LOVE your blog! There are so many gems across our wonderful nation, and you’ve enlightened me about Tib’s Eve! Thank you! Cher πŸ˜‰

    • tkmorin

      January 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Cher I like to hear that you are still enjoying my blog! That makes me happy, really it does! Thank you for the kind words. πŸ™‚

      • seaangel4444

        January 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

        Why, we are just getting started! It’s terrific! πŸ™‚

        • tkmorin

          January 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

          Great! πŸ™‚

  2. Gypsy Bev

    December 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    You always have such enjoyable BiteSize Canadian information. It’s be Tib’s Eve before anyone else can equal your findings! Happy New Year!

    • tkmorin

      December 31, 2013 at 1:27 am

      Thank you So much! And I wish you the very best as well, to you and your humans, and revenue creature! =^.^=

  3. 2max Kochi

    December 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    wonderful information. Merry Christmas and happy new year.

    • tkmorin

      December 27, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Happy holidays to you as well! πŸ™‚

  4. gpcox

    December 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

    May the magic of the season follow you and yours into 2014!

    • tkmorin

      December 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you! I hope yours is great OK!:-)

  5. seeker

    December 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Mon amie, Teri. Merry Christmas! Sending warm hugs to you and Rufus. Love and Prayers, Perpetua.

    • tkmorin

      December 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Aye, I thank you, Perpetua! And I wish you the merriest ever for you!

  6. Maurice A. Barry

    December 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    ’tis a great day πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

    • tkmorin

      December 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Merry Christmas to you, and yours! πŸ™‚

  7. The Grateful Golfer

    December 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I have never heard of this saying. Not surprised, Canada is a diverse and beautiful country full of history and unique things. Thanks for making me smarter.


    • tkmorin

      December 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Heehee …. You’re welcome! I’m glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  8. seeker

    December 23, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Aha! :You are the second person who mentioned this today. Maurice, he celebrates this.
    One more day, Teri.

    • tkmorin

      December 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Heehee …. πŸ™‚ thanks for the link, too!


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