Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cigars - A Celebration Smoke

There is nothing like passing around the cigars to demonstrate that a celebration is taking place.
Throughout history, cigars have been right there along with cake, champagne, balloons and music, helping to enhance, usher in, emphasize and enjoy the memorable moments in peoples' lives.

When a bundle of joy is welcomed by a family, Dads offer their pals an "its a boy/girl" cigar.  This custom is not only an announcement of the addition to the family, but also a proclamation of the joy of the event.

It is not uncommon to see brides and grooms and their buddies lighting up cigars at a wedding reception.  It is almost like a ritual smoke. We have done it!  We are moving on to adulthood and we are bonding with the enjoyment of a good cigar and its lovely smell.

Maybe it is in our DNA.  It is believed that natives of the Island of Hispaniola (now the Dominican Republic) passed along the use of tobacco to Christopher Columbus and crew.  It was reported to be widely used across the Caribbean Islands in those times and smoked in the form of a primitive-style cigar.  One can imagine that the cigars were used to welcome the Europeans.  The natives of that region were sharing a pleasure with the rest of the world, and most likely cigar smoking was a part of a shared meal and perhaps even symbolized the offer of peace, new friendships and new bonds. Cigar smoking spread throughout Europe and the evolution of the cigar as a means of celebration certainly must of taken hold throughout the world after that.

New job, a promotion, holidays, of course, Columbus Day...they all deserve a celebration smoke!  It's for fun; it's bonding with friends; it's tradition and flavor.

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