Sometimes being a parent can feel strange when the more inquisitive child asks you a question that you just don’t know the answer to. Today it was my turn and my little boy asked me why he doesn’t get to wear an Easter bonnet in the school Easter parade! Should I tell him that it was only for girls? After all, if these cats (both male and female) can look as good as they do wearing them, why not human boys…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Easter Bonnets
10 – “In order of things there are people who are cheap, poor people, …and then you.”
FACT: Easter bonnets are not the worldwide fad you think they might be, it is mostly only the northern hemisphere (Americans and us Europeans) that wear them to Easter Parades.
9 – “Do I have to sing in the Easter play? I bet I have to, I hate singing, so do I have to?”
FACT: Believe it or not Tom Hanks once helped to raise $301,549 by making and selling Easter Bonnets! This was not before he was famous, this was in his prime! Good for him.
8 – “The only thing I like about Easter is there are more birds around to catch and eat.”
FACT: It is often thought that Easter bonnets are nothing but a throwback to the days when the people denied themselves the pleasure of wearing fine angels for the duration of Lent.
7 – “Did you buy this new, or have you been down that charity shop again?!?”
FACT: Modern Easter bonnets for children are usually white wide-brimmed hats with ribbons around it and tied in a bow, but originally they were all made from very expensive materials that only the rich could afford, and that is why most women and family’s started to make their own.
6 – “I hope you get the gift of a renewal on your life insurance this Easter.”
FACT: In the turn of the 19th century Ladies often made their Easter bonnets in more and more elaborate designs to show people that it was the end of Lent and they had brought a new hat.
5 – “Be honest with me, it this may be a little too much?!?”
FACT: These days most Easter bonnets are worn by women and girls to Easter services, and in the Easter, parades following it.
4 – “Get this off me before I decide to ‘Spring’ ONTO YOUR FACE!!!”
FACT: Right up until the 19th-century people believed that if they had not got some new clothes or a hat at Easter time they would have bad luck all year.
3 – “I asked for a Spring look, I did not expect half the garden on my head!”
FACT: During the Great Depression a new hat at Easter was considered a luxury, so people started to decorate and refurbished old ones.
2 – “The only thing going ‘Cheep, cheep’ is your willingness to by me a new Easter hat!”
FACT: The classic Easter Bonnet is supposed to represent a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter, thus in renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption.
1 – “I might have a face like a rain cloud, but I am happy and sunny on the inside.”
FACT: Did you know that the Easter Bonnet was first wrote in literary form in the William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet! And for those that know the play, the line is this “Did’st thou not fall out with a Tailor for wearing his new Doublet before Easter?”