Scissorhead Another Kiwi sends us exciting news about how the people Down Under celebrate Christmas (where it is summertime and the living is easy), let’s look into it, shall we? Someone start the filmstrip!
Here, in New Zealand, the natives play a festive traditional game of “Light the Cigarette.” The idea of the game is to light a cigarette.
“The ‘Light the cigarette race’ dates back to at least the early 20th century. It was played on ships crossing the Atlantic and was said to be a way for people to get fit. In New Zealand it was played at the Tolaga Bay School Christmas party in 1953, when smoking was popular for both sexes. Clearly the aim was to get men and women huddling together; health issues about smoking were on no one’s mind then. “
You can learn about other Kiwi holiday traditions at New Zealand History Online, including the 1934 smash hit game, The Slave Market.