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Easter Bonnets and the tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter is a part of an English tradition dating back to the late 16th century. The tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter, represented the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption.

The "Easter bonnet" became fixed in popular culture by Irving Berlin, whose frame of reference was the Easter parade in New York City, a festive walkabout that made its way down Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral. Berlin originally wrote the melody in 1917, under the title "Smile and Show Your Dimple." At the time song flopped but Berlin filed it away for later use.

Irving Berlin finally published "Easter Parade in 1933. It was introduced in a Broadway musical revue by Marilyn Miller and Clifton Webb called As Thousands Cheer. Next, in 1942, "Easter Parade was sung by Bing Crosby in the film Holiday Inn. Then in 1948, it was performed by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the musical film "Easter Parade. Finally, the "Easter Paradesong was featured in the Rankin/Bass special: The First Easter Rabbit in.

Considered to be one of the most popular Easter songs of all time, along with Peter Cottontail.

Irving Berlin – 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 fella
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

Oh, I could write a sonnet
About your Easter bonnet
And of the girl I'm taking
To the Easter Parade

R.R.Cratty

Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for on-line and hard copy publications -within the pages of Learning at home. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203

Easter Bonnet
Easter Bonnet R. R. Cratty & Public Domain

Easter Bonnet

20 Fun Facts About Easter
1. Easter always falls between March 22nd and April 25th. Like Passover, which is dependent on the phases of the moon, and has different dates each year, Easter is also a movable feast.
2. The name of 'Easter' has been derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover festival.
3. The egg has been regarded as a symbol of rebirth in most of the cultures.

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Easter Bonnet 2 R. R. Cratty & Public Domain

Easter Bonnet 2

4. Every year on Easter, Pope gives his "Urbi et Orbi" (papal address) to the world.
5. Celebrating with Easter gifts, eggs and bunnies is a tradition that dates back to the 13th century
6. The Easter Bunny originated in Germany, the idea was taken to America during the 1700s.

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Easter Bonnet 3 R. R. Cratty & Public Domain

Easter Bonnet 3

7. The customary act of painting eggs is known as Pysanka.
8. The first Easter basket was given the appearance of a bird's nest.
9. Pretzels were originally associated with Easter? They are thought to be invented by ancient German monks and were created in a pattern to represent two folding arms in prayer. Some people believe that the pretzel is the world’s oldest snack food!

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Easter Bonnet 4 Public Domain/R.R.Cratty

Easter Bonnet 4

10. Chocolate eggs were made for the first time in Europe, in the 19th century.
11. Easter is second top-selling confectionery holiday, Halloween is number 1.
12. The custom of giving eggs at Easter dates back to the time of the Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans

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Easter Bonnet 5 R. R. Cratty & Public Domain

Easter Bonnet 5

13. The Cadbury’s factory in Birmingham produces 1.5 million Creme Eggs every day.
14. The Guinness Book of World Records states the largest Easter egg made till date, was just over 25-ft high and was made of chocolate and marshmallow. Weighing at 8,968 lbs., the egg was supported by an internal steel frame.

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Easter Bonnet 6 R. R. Cratty & Public Domain

Easter Bonnet 6

15. Red jellybeans qualify as the most favorite food stuff for kids on Easter.
16. Easter is known by different names across the world. Some of them are: English - Easter, French - Paques, Spanish - Pascua, Italian - Pasqua, Albanian - Pashke, German - Ostern, Greek - Pascha, Norway - Paaske, Holland - Pasen and Swedish - Pask.

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Easter Eggs 7 R. R. Cratty & Public Domain

Easter Eggs 7

17. In the mid-20th century, it used to take as much as 27 hours to make a marshmallow peep. Today, the time has been reduced to six minutes.
18. Hot cross buns, made by European monks, are counted amongst the earliest Easter treats. They were given to the poor people, during the month of Lent.

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Easter Eggs 8 R. R. Cratty & Public Domain

Easter Eggs 8

17. In the mid-20th century, it used to take as much as 27 hours to make a marshmallow peep. Today, the time has been reduced to six minutes.
18. Hot cross buns, made by European monks, are counted amongst the earliest Easter treats. They were given to the poor people, during the month of Lent.

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Easter Eggs 9 R. R. Cratty & Public Domain

Easter Eggs 9

Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for on-line and hard copy publications -within the pages of Learning at home. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203
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