You really can’t get more Kiwi than participating in Crate Day. It’s an unofficial holiday in New Zealand to celebrate the first day of summer, surrounded by mates, beer and a BBQ.
Every year on the first Saturday of December, Kiwis all over the country will be buying a crate of beer, most likely Tui, Lion Red or DB, firm favourites for Kiwi blokes, to celebrate the warm weather to come. It’s a day to chill out with your mates, slap some meat on the barbie, play backyard cricket and listen to The Rock radio station on full blast. And we can’t forget, the must have uniform; stubbies and a singlet (guy’s short shorts and vests).
Yes, we have just described the stereotypical Kiwi bloke. It is mainly a day for the guys, though the girls do join in too, to hang out and drink copious amounts of beer, banter, play some sports and eat meat all day. The popularity of the day started nine years ago on The Rock radio station, where they set up rules for the day (The 10 Commandments) and it has now turned into a national treasure.
The 10 Commandments
Commandment 1:Thou shall begin at midday
Commandment 2: Thou shall listen to The Rock Crate Day Hundy
Commandment 3: Thou shall wear thy stubbies and thy singlet
Commandment 4: Thou shall support they Crate Origin
Commandment 5: Thou shalt not toss any salad
Commandment 6: Thou shall respect thy neighbour
Commandment 7: Thou only beef that shall attend National Crate Day is thy beef for thy BBQ
Commandment 8: Thou shall look out for they mates, even Dave
Commandment 9: Don’t let’th the sun get they best of you and your provisions
Commandment 10: Thou shall always keep rules 1-9 top of mind, to ensure we continue The Rock National Crate Day legacy for centuries to come.
An event such as this is never without it’s controversies. Many hospitals, health care advocates and alcohol support groups are all calling for the day to be banned. It is seen as just an excuse to try and drink an entire crate, growing our already bad reputation of binge drinking and because of the number of reports on the chaos that soon ensues into the evening.
We can’t let a few bad apples ruin what sums up the quintessential Kiwi Summer though. To stay safe on Crate Day, only drink what you can, it really isn’t a competition to drink an entire crate! It can be a crate shared between mates. Stay out of the sun. And for goodness sake don’t drink and drive, it’s not cool. Enjoy the spirit of the day; to be around mates as a tribute to the best summer yet!