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  • John's pub welcomes visitors to Newfoundland with a "screech-in" ceremony which involves drinking a shot of Screech, or rum, which is a traditional mainstay of the Newfoundland diet, and kissing a toy puffin. Top Stories 2010

  • Newfoundland's "screech-in" ceremony is a growing attraction for visitors.

    Local News from The Lakeland Ledger 2010


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  • An induction ceremony by which come-from-aways may be initiated as Newfoundlanders. Generally involves a shot of screech, a declaration of faith in New Foundland dialect and kissing a cod. The ceremony, despite being immensely popular with visitors, is in fact an innovation that dates to the 1970's at earliest.

    December 6, 2007

  • ...So?!

    Actually, in all seriousness, does "being immensely popular with visitors" commonly imply that something is traditional? Not sure why "despite" should have anything to do with it.

    I'm sure it's just a fun, welcoming way of drinking oneself completely silly. (If kissing a cod can be said to be silly. Frankly, I do it all the time. Well... if there were more than about eight cod left in the Atlantic Ocean, I might.)

    December 6, 2007

  • "A Screech-In sounds like something a frustrated ornithologist might indulge in, or a Beltway ritual for stressed-out drivers. But in Newfoundland, it's a traditional ceremony to induct CFAs ("come-from-aways," Newfese for tourists) into the Royal Order of Screechers and thus make them honorary Newfies." --Paula Stone, "A Trip Off the Old Rock," Washington Post, Sunday, April 22, 2007; Page P01.

    January 5, 2008