This is Labor Day Weekend, ceremonial End of Summer in the USA. During this three-day holiday adult American men are obliged to offer up sacrifices to their gods, incinerating animal flesh outdoors behind their homes. Families and neighbors consume the charred remains, washing them down with copious libations of fermented grain or carbonated sugar-water.
This custom is said to bridge cultural differences and promote family and community cohesion, but the ceremony has a grave, unstated purpose. If American men do not burn meat for them on Labor Day, the angry gods will not end summer, preventing the start of the new pro football season.
“Football: America’s national religion,” Chad Gibbs, Washington Post blog.
“The Foodspin Cookout Reader,” Albert Burneko, Foodspin
“NFL Labor Day Cookout: Which Food Is Your Favorite Player Bringing?” Bailey Brautigan, Bleacher Report.
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