Easter: Steeped in Tradition and Folklore

Easter as celebrated today is rich with tradition.

∞ Easter was named after Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, according to 8th century English monk Venerable Bede.
∞ The first story of a rabbit hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680. This rabbit was later named the “Easter Bunny.”
∞ The tradition of egg decoration was brought to the U.S. by Ukrainian immigrants.
∞ The tradition of buying new outfits for Easter began in mid-1800s New York. It was believed to bring good luck for the coming year.
∞ The white lily (now known as the “Easter Lily”), representing grace and purity, is the official flower of Easter.
∞ President Rutherford B. Hayes began the White House front lawn Easter Egg Roll tradition in 1878.
∞ 76% of Americans bite the ears off of a chocolate bunny first!

Have a Wonderful Easter from R.T. Clown!

Fun Facts

Get Ready for St. Paddy’s Day

Below are a few fun facts about St. Paddy’s Day originally shared on People.com.

  • Saint Patrick was actually British. He was born Maewyn Succat in what is now England, Scotland, or Wales!
  • March 17 isn’t St. Patrick’s birthday. It’s the day he passed.
  • St. Patrick is associated with the color blue and not green, which was thought unlucky at the time!
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in 1762 in New York City.

St. Paddy’s Day

A Celebrated Phenomenon

St. Patrick’s Day has become a vibrant and widely celebrated cultural phenomenon in the United States. Irish immigrants brought the tradition across the Atlantic, and the day has become a festive occasion marked by parades, green attire, and fun gatherings. In the U.S., cities with significant Irish communities, such as Boston, New York, and Chicago, host elaborate parades featuring marching bands, bagpipers, and displays of Irish pride. The iconic tradition of dyeing rivers and fountains green, as seen in Chicago’s annual dyeing of the Chicago River, is a uniquely American spectacle that adds a touch of whimsy to the celebration, as does green beer. St. Patrick’s Day was historically a religious occasion, and the festive atmosphere seen in the U.S. emerged only in recent decades.

Originally a religious feast day honoring Ireland’s patron saint, while St. Patrick’s Day in the United States is a boisterous and inclusive celebration, observance of St. Paddy’s Day in Ireland carries a more reserved and traditional tone. The day is marked with religious services, cultural events, and family gatherings. While some Irish cities host parades, they tend to be smaller and more community-focused than the grand spectacles in American cities. Ireland often emphasizes preserving the religious and cultural aspects of the day, a more intimate and reflective celebration compared to the exuberant festivities in the United States.

“For the whole world is Irish on the seventeenth o’ March!”

—Thomas Augustine Daly—

Even Corgis enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities ☘️

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