Crate Day

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Crate Day is an unofficial holiday in New Zealand,[1] held on the first Saturday of summer. Some think it was started by The Rock radio station in 2009 but the origin of crate day goes back to 70’s or 80’s when a crate of big bottles was what most beer drinkers would pick up. It was never an official day, just an idea that the first weekend of summer you get together with your mates and sink a crate of 12 big (750 ml) beer bottles[2] Usually celebrated by purchasing a "swappa crate" of beer and drinking it with friends, the event has grown in popularity over the past decade leading to a number of arrests and injuries.[3] Many alcohol related business have promotions for the event and numerous local councils enact liquor bans during the weekend.[4]

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  1. ^ Ltd, Office Holidays. "Crate Day in New Zealand in 2020". There is a Day for That!. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  2. ^ "How New Zealand's national Crate Day came to be". Stuff. 2016-12-01. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  3. ^ "Crate Day a 'throwback' NZ can do without - National". Stuff. 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  4. ^ Monday; December 2019, 2; Council, 4:23 pm Press Release: Queenstown Lakes District. "24-hour alcohol ban for downtown Queenstown on Crate Day | Scoop News". Retrieved 2020-11-27.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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