According to the news this morning the Easter Bonnet is making a comeback. What a great idea and way to spend time with the family dressing up a bonnet.
I don’t remember doing this as a child but I am pretty sure that I would have thoroughly enjoyed it. So if you don’t have anything to do with the kids this weekend – get decorating!
Easter like many of the holidays is full of tradition, Bonnets being one of them. Irving Berlin wrote a rather famous poem about a women wearing a Bonnet at the New York Parade in 1948. All the glamour girls would show off their hats and new outfits in the parade.
This ties directly in Granny Alice’s tradition to wear new clothes at Easter. Apparently after the war women swapped their mourning veils for the bright hats at Easter. Nowadays, children often make these bonnets at school.
Easter Parade Lyrics
In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.
I’ll be all in clover and when they look you over,
I’ll be the proudest fellow in the Easter parade.
On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us,
And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure.
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,
And of the girl I’m taking to the Easter parade.
The Hot Cross Bun
For hundreds of years we have eaten Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday. Believed to have been a good luck charm, there are many theories as to when this tradition started. The only certainty is that the term “hot cross bun” first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1733, along with a folk song: “Good Friday comes this month, the old woman runs, with one or two a Penny hot cross Bunns.” (Original spelling).
We must love them still as over 1.5 million packets of buns are sold in the UK at Easter.
The Easter Bunny s a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit who brings the Easter eggs. Dating back as far as 1682 it originated among German Lutherans, the “Easter Hare” played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour. If they were good they would be presented with an Easter egg.
Eggs are a symbol of new life and fertility, and Easter is a time of religious rebirth and resurrection. The day before Lent begins, people use up eggs on Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes. This was traditionally the last bit of egg or dairy consumed until Easter.
Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs are sold annually in the UK. The most popular chocolate egg worldwide is Cadbury’s Creme Egg.
Apart from the traditions, Easter is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Not that I am religious, for me it is just perfect for spending time with the family.