Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

When I saw that the theme of this week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post was “kiss” I almost gouged my eyes out.

You see, I have serious issues with public displays of affection, particularly kissing.  In fact, I dislike them so much, I threatened to not kiss at my own wedding.

So, I considered not participating this week… And then I thought of something more entertaining.

Having lived in Newfoundland for a few years, Patrick and I had an opportunity to be “Screeched In.”

For those of you who are not familiar, there is a tradition in NL that, in order to become an honorary Newfie, you had to participate in a ceremony called being screeched in.  It is quite bizarre and an experience to say the least.

The versions I have been to always involve a funny exaggerated character as the host.  They speak in full Newfoundland accent and old school speech.  The candidates have to eat Newfoundland steak (bologna), drink a shot of screech (ridiculously strong rum that got its name because it was so strong it made people “screeeeeeech”) or a shot of Purity syrup (flavoured sugar solution) and sometimes both depending on who was hosting, followed by stating a traditional phrase, “Indeed I is me old cock and long may your big jib draw”  to answer “is you a Newfoundlander?”  The final step is kissing the cod.  Which, in case you did not know is a real, raw fish.

It seems ridiculous, but it is a cultural experience and a hoot to witness.

These are a few photos from the screech-in Patrick and I were in where we kissed the cod and all that good stuff.

Purity syrup in mugs... Om nom nom.

Purity syrup in mugs… Om nom nom.

Patrick kissing the cod.

Patrick kissing the cod.

Have you ever kissed a fish?  Have you participated in a ceremony that might seem odd to outsiders?

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