A Different Kind Of Stag Night

Last night I was invited to Agnelo’s family home, for what I thought would be a family dinner………………….. the entire community were there, over 200 people……………It was a traditional last night before marriage ceremony / party; after a speech and prayers by a family elder, Agnelo and his best man (Frank) were obliged to sit on two chairs while the whole community queued  up to take handfuls of coconut milk from a huge bucket and splash it over the two of them; raw eggs were also permitted, and I was given one by one of Agnelo’s chums, which I duly smashed over his head……………….I cannot remember ever witnessing and taking part in so much fun and laughter, that lasted for about 2 hours; that such a simple procedure could produce so much joyous laughter and fun is indicative of the happy disposition of these warm and friendly people.

 

This event is an old Portuguese tradition, which the Catholics of Goa adopted many years ago; the white coconut milk signifies purity and the act is to cleanse and purify the recipients…………….I’m not sure how or when the eggs got in on the act, but it’s a great feeling to smash an egg on someones head and know that they will just smile at you!

When the cleansing was finally over the entire community was given wonderful food and cold bottles of Kingfisher beer or soft drinks ……………….

 

Agnelo, left, and best man Frank, awaiting their cleansing

 

 

 

Just about to enjoy the privilege of smashing an egg on Agnelos head

 

 

 

Frank says thank you to Agnelo for asking him to be his best man

I know that in our society, young men go to great lengths and often great expense to enjoy their stag night / week-end / week, but it is hard to imagine that any of them could have more fun than I was honoured to witness and take part in last night………………. immersed in the sense of community spirit and energy that engulfed the whole evening, I found myself completely intoxicated by it……………………now for the wedding, I must go and press my shirt and tie and hope that I can still remember how to tie a knot………………

 

2 thoughts on “A Different Kind Of Stag Night

  1. Hi it looks like you had a wonderful time and it must of made you feel very humble,how friends can be made so many miles away!

    • Yes, very much so………warm and friendly people and they all have such a generous spirit