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Whatever Happened to New Dads Passing Out Cigars?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016


We know that the No Smoking Rule had a profound effect on the tradition of passing out cigars with the birth of a baby, but why else did the tradition go down in popularity.  A new father and occasional cigar smoker examines some of the factors, and explains a bit of history along the way:

This particular tradition apparently began with the indigenous peoples of North America, who would mark occasions, like a birth, with a feast of gift-giving.  The ceremony was called the “potlatch” (pidgin language for “to give away”), and so often that gift was a primitive version of a cigar.

Do you still give out cigars for new additions to your family?  Would you?


Photo credit to Aaron Goldfarb/The Daily Beast

via http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/30/whatever-happened-to-new-dads-passing-out-cigars.html

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