The Easter Bonnet
|Easter Bonnet, 1959, United Kingdom.|
Why do we dress up on Easter and wear our Easter bonnet? I searched online and found a few answers. Spring is a re-birth. The celebration of new life after a long winter is evident. After the Christian custom of fasting at Lent, it's all about emerging into the world in your "Sunday best." New clothes are often a symbol of this. The Easter Parade in New York was started in the 1870s, after the Civil War when people wanted to be positive about life after such a horrible war. After people left church on Easter Sunday, they paraded down Fifth Avenue and thus began the tradition.
|Easter Bonnet Parade, 1965, Catholic Woman's Club, Beverly Hills. Valley Times Collection|
Every year our gracious friends, Carol and Thane host an Orphan's Easter barbecue in their backyard. We all bring food to celebrate the joys of Spring. Since we're outside, I usually wear a festive hat. I just can't decide what to wear this year!
|Ellen's Festive Easter headgear|