What Is Bonspiel in Curling?


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A bonspiel is a term referring to a curling tournament or meet between different clubs or districts. Bonspiels are believed to have originated in Scotland, and the term bonspiel is believed to have originated around 1555 to 1565, probably of low German origin.

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Prior to the 20th century, it is believed that most bonspiels occurred outdoors on frozen freshwater. As of 2015, most bonspiels occur indoors on artificial ice. Oftentimes, curling teams wear themed costumes to the matches.

In the United States, bonspiels typically occur between October and April during curling season, and the matches are listed on the United States Curling Association website. A notable competitive curling tournament in Canada is The Brier, the annual Canadian men's curling championship.

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