Bachelor party

A bachelor party (United States, South Africa), also known as a stag party or stag night (UK, Ireland, Canada, and New Zealand), '''bull's party (South Africa) or buck's party, or buck's night''' (Australia) is a party held for a bachelor shortly before he enters marriage, to make the most of his final opportunity to engage in activities a new wife might not approve of, or merely to spend time bonding with his male friends (often in his wedding party afterwards).

The history of bachelor party is thought to have originated with a bachelor dinner that was traditional in ancient Sparta (5th century BC) where soldiers would toast each other on the eve of a friend's wedding.

A bachelor party may involve activities beyond the usual party and social gathering ingredients (often drinking alcohol and gambling), such as going to a strip club, hiring a female stripper or escort, and in some traditions more hazing-like tests and pranks at the future groom's expense, which shows the whole thing is also a rite of passage from bachelorhood (associated with an adolescent lifestyle, often in the common past of most participants, e.g. in their student years) to (more 'responsible') marital life.

The task of organizing a bachelor party is often traditionally assigned to a male sibling of the bachelor or to the best man; otherwise any (close and/or reputedly party-minded) male friend will organize it. The planned activities of a bachelor party are traditionally kept secret from the groom.

Bachelor parties have also been the subject of many movies, especially comedies.

Variations

It has also become common for a similar party to be held for the bride-to-be. This is known as a bachelorette party or Hen party.

A tame version is the so-called Stag and Doe party, in which both the bride and groom attend.

UK

In the United Kingdom it is now common for the party to last for more than one evening, hence the increasing prevalence of the phrase "stag weekend." A spin off has been the growth of the Stag Weekend Industry in the UK with various companies taking the "hassle" out of the weekend.

In the UK, stag weekend trips are becoming mini-holidays with the groups taking part in various day time activities as well as the expected night out on the town. Popular UK destinations include Blackpool, Brighton, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Liverpool and Edinburgh. With the rise of budget airlines, there is now a growing trend for stags to go abroad, with Krakow, Dublin and Riga topping the list, followed by Prague, Vilnius, Amsterdam and Antwerpen.

Groups of friends attending weekends away in the UK and even into Europe with their best friend leave home on a friday and embrace 2 days of fun. The groom who normaly is called "the Stag" will have a selection of tasks to complete on the stag weekend.

Events in thease popular locations include : paint balling, Go Karting and even Clay Shooting. Due to the increased number of stag weekends across the UK a number of specialist companies have started to help create the perfect weekend party.

United States

In the United States, Las Vegas and South Beach (Miami) are popular bachelor party destinations; they are also popular wedding locations. Increasingly, "destination bachelor parties" are replacing standard nights out, with Americans traveling to Montreal or Mexico.

Bachelor parties in the US often entail the mass consumption of alcohol, the hiring of a stripper or hooker, and general rowdiness toward which the bride might not have a positive reaction. Increasingly, bachelor parties have come to symbolize the last time when the groom is truly "free" and without the influence of his new wife.

Australia

Just about every Bucks night\Bucks Turn features a stripper commonly referred to as the pouch. The groom's mates may, after all getting drunk, subject him to various humiliations and/or endurances, sometimes even in public, such as leaving him tied naked to a pole, or placing him drunk on an airplane to a far off remote location.

Canada

Canadian cities such as Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver are popular bachelor party destinations due to their large number of strip clubs with "dance contact" (lap-dancing). The female equivalent of a stag party in Canada is often known as a "stagette" or "doe."

Nigeria

It is normally called a bachelor's eve in Nigeria. The groom and his mates along with single girls attend the party. prominent persons expected in the eve are close friends and relatives and groom's previous girlfriends. Its a night where he is believe to have his last dance with previous girlfriends. Party is normally arranged by groom's friends and the groom has no clue what is planned.

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