Easter is a time when families, communities, and clergy come together to celebrate what’s quickly become a worldwide holiday. While Easter may be celebrated around the world, the stories behind some popular traditions aren’t quite as well known. We here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet want to share some of the interesting origins behind popular Easter traditions.
A person dressed up as a giant bunny doesn’t really scream Easter, does it? The origin of the Easter bunny stretches back to the late 1700s when German settlers made Pennsylvania their home. The settlers would prepare nests for a rabbit named “Oschter Haws” on Easter Eve. Then, they would wait for the bunny to lay eggs.
The origin of decorating eggs on Easter has nothing to do with the Easter bunny, oddly enough. In fact, decorating eggs predates the Easter bunny by around 500 years.
Painting eggs red originally symbolized the blood of Jesus Christ and dates back to around the 1200s. Pagan spring rituals used the egg as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. Families would also give up eggs for Lent.
White House Easter Egg Roll
The Easter egg roll originally took place around the Capitol building, but the eggs made a mess. In 1876, President Grant signed a law banning egg rolling from the Capitol building. Fortunately, President Hayes relocated the egg roll to the White House in 1878, where it currently takes place today.
These St. Patrick’s Day traditions are common, but do you know where they come from? Check out common trivia about this holiday below.
The color was originally blue, not green
St. Patrick is originally associated with the color blue – so what happened? Because of Ireland’s lush vegetation and the legend of the shamrock, people slowly started associating him and his holiday with green.
The shamrock has religious significance
So, St. Paddy’s Day is green because of the shamrock, but you might be wondering what’s so special about a clover. According to legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the Irish.
Corned beef and cabbage originated in the US
The original dish beloved by the Irish was pork and potatoes, but because Irish immigrants often lived near Jewish neighbors in the United States, they developed a taste for corned beef from Jewish deli carts – and cabbage was simply a cheap side.
Irish dancing is intense
There are several different types of Irish dance, and mastering different types allows you to earn different kinds of shoes. St. Patrick’s Day has a traditional set dance that is performed with no variations in steps.
Try impressing your friends with your newfound knowledge of St. Patrick’s Day traditions. You can thank us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.
Why wait until Halloween or New Year’s Eve to throw your next big party? Mardi Gras is a world-wide celebration that takes place the day before Ash Wednesday. Take a cue from New Orleans, who has been celebrating this day since the 1700s, and throw a festive and traditional Mardi Gras party.
First you’ll want to set the mood. Decorate your party space as elaborately as possible with purple, green and gold streamers, feathers and balloons. Don’t forget the beads, a staple part of every Mardi Gras shindig.
Masquerade masks are also synonymous with Mardi Gras. Start the party off by having guests decorate their own party masks using paint, sequins, ribbons, and feathers. Play some traditional New Orleans jazz in the background – Dancing is encouraged!
You may have a guest who comes to your Mardi Gras party just for the food. Don’t be offended—at Mardi Gras (which translates to Fat Tuesday!) food is half of the celebration. Serve cajun favorites like beans and rice or finger-food sized po’boys. And don’t forget the King’s Cake! No Mardi Gras is complete without it, and your guests will love searching for the hidden trinket baked inside. Whoever finds it is promised good luck throughout the year, something everyone could use.
As you probably know, making New Year’s resolutions is easy. You close your eyes and dream of a better you and it seems so real, so possible. Then comes the hard part. Here are a few tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.
Find Your People
Whether it’s just a friend or a group you found on meetup.com, the support of others can make all the difference in keeping your New Year’s resolutions. For instance, if you’ve made a resolution to lose weight, find a gym buddy! It’s someone to understand your pain and share in your triumphs.
Know Your Triggers
Everyone is different, even when they are pursuing the same goals. That’s why it’s important to know triggers that are unique to you. These are environmental factors that encourage you to backslide. Say you have made a resolution to quit smoking. If drinking alcohol is a trigger, perhaps you need to lay off the booze until you’ve overcome your nicotine cravings.
Accept Your Imperfection
The fact of the matter is that you will likely trip on your way to keeping your resolutions. It gets a lot easier once you accept this fact. The danger of maintaining impossible standards is that an occasional indulgence or misstep can become an excuse to give up altogether. Stay in touch with the bigger picture.
The holidays are a time for family bonding and creating memories. One of the best ways to have a holiday you’ll always cherish is to attend some holiday-themed family events. This is the perfect time of year to get active and spend time with your loved ones. Here are a few fun holiday family events in Charlotte suggested by us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet!
- ChristmasVille – The annual ChristmasVille event takes over Rock Hill from December 1st through December 4th. There are over 70 events and festivities for the whole family to enjoy.
- Holidays at the Garden – Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is holding its annual holiday display. The display is open to the public through January 1st and boasts more than 500,000 lights and plenty of displays.
- Holiday on Ice – Located on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Brevard Street, the Holiday on Ice event brings an outdoor ice skating rink for all to enjoy.
- Gingerbread Lane – Local professionals and amateurs take part in the annual gingerbread house competition. See the creations in person at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge!
- Singing Christmas Tree – Voices from the Carolina Voices, Grey Seal Puppets, and Carolina Kids’ Voices Choir come together to create a memorable kid-friendly event families will enjoy.
- Christmas at the Library – Families can stop by to take a carriage ride and see a live nativity scene at the Billy Graham Library.
- Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra – An animatronic performance sings holiday favorites like “The Most Wonderful Time of Year” that kids won’t soon forget!
- Speedway Christmas – Get behind the wheel and head through a three-and-a-half mile light display at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
- Train to Christmas Town – Climb aboard the holiday train with plenty of child-friendly activities, like photos with Santa Claus.
- Christmas Town USA – See a one-of-a-kind display that features more than 375 Christmas trees and more in McAdenville.
- Charlotte Christmas Village – Get the full Christmas experience with a visit to a German style pop-up Christmas village.
- “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” – This theatrical production puts on a holiday classic that will leave families with the perfect mood for the holiday season.