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The History of the Easter Bonnet

The History of the Easter Bonnet

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.

Easter is one of the most auspicious festive times for Christians. And the tradition of wearing bonnets to church on every Easter Sunday grew out of the pleasure and thrill surrounding the holiest of times for the Christians. So, is it just another holiday fad? No, it is believed that the first Easter bonnets were worn before we even started celebrating Easter. So let us all sneak a peep into the History of Easter Bonnet.

Hats are usually worn during events like Easter Parade and church services. If we want to delve into the history of Easter bonnet then we have to talk a bit about the history of Easter Parade. The Easter Parade had its beginning in New York in 1870s. Originally the church goers would carry Easter flowers from St. Thomas Church to St. Luke's Church. The social elite would attend services and parade down to give onlookers - and each other - a chance to show off their new Easter hats and bonnets.

Easter was once known as the "Sunday of Joy." After the Civil War, mothers and daughters who had donned the dark colors of mourning for such a long time began wearing colorful flowered hats and elaborate corsages as part of the Easter celebration. Their hats were adorned with blooming and fresh flowers. If the flowers were not blooming they would make them from paper, ribbon, feathers or sea shells.
 






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