Last night the Empire State Building turned shades of Easter hues, today Fifth Avenue’s annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. at 49th Street near St. Patrick’s Cathedral and travels up Fifth Avenue to 55th Street, ending around 4 p.m. The parade is an Easter Sunday tradition in the city, stretching as far back as the 1870s. It’s a chance for people to show off their home made easter bonnets.
A superstition current in Tudor times held that unless a person had new homespun cloth available at Easter, moths and crickets would eat the old goods, and destructive rooks would nest in large numbers around the residence.
A 15th-century proverb from Poor Robin’s Almanack states that if on Easter Sunday some part of one’s outfit is not new, one will not enjoy good luck during the year, “At Easter let your clothes be new, or else be sure you will it rue.”
Easter brings the joyful news that he has risen. It also gives us the spiritual power to accept discipline and make sacrifices. Resurrection gives our life meaning and direction and it gives us the chance to start over. May Easter joy reveal the the newness in you.
Happy Easter from the staff at T2C.