Regency folk were a sociable bunch, and the Easter Season (Easter through Ascension forty days later) was considered a time of visiting and traveling. But on the day of Easter itself, here's what you could expect to find in a nice Regency home. It's all about the food, the decor, and of course, the bonnets. :)
On the Table
On the Lady
Out & About
7. Easter Flowers
White lilies--the symbol of purity--and narcissus are most commonly associated with Easter, along with daffodils and tulips. But traditionally, the true "Easter Flower" is the pussy willow.
8. Traditional Easter Music
Good Regency folk like vicar's daughter Jane Austen, upon attending Easter morning services, would thrill to beloved traditional hymns like this... (Here's the link for those of you on RSS.)
9. Morris Dancers
Adding to the festive atmosphere, Morris dancers commonly performed throughout Holy Week and even on Easter day, and then into spring. Because real men wear flowers and ribbons on their hats!!! :) Adorable.
10. Merry Mischief ~ Regional Pranks
The Brits are world-famous for their sense of humor, so it's easy to see how this sort of Easter day silliness could take hold. From the Every Day Book, from "Easter Celebrations in the UK" posted here:
Easter Day Customs at Rippon, 1790
On Easter Sunday, as soon as the church services were over, the boys ran about the streets, and laid hold of every woman or girl they could, they would then take their buckles from their shoes. This farce was continued till the next day at noon, when the females began and returned the compliment upon the men, this did not end till Tuesday evening. At one time, no traveller could pass through the town without being stopped and having his spurs taken away, unless redeemed by a little money, which was the only way to have your buckles returned.
Thanks for visiting my blog, friends, and I hope you enjoy a lovely Easter with your nearest and dearest!
Peace to all in this very special season,
3/26/2016 11:01:39 am
Lovely blog post, Gaelen! The cake and Morris dancer are new to me. Thanks for sharing!
3/26/2016 02:01:16 pm
My pleasure, Alina! Thanks for visiting. :) I want to try that cake--!
10/8/2016 02:52:02 pm
Hello! I have been looking for an online version of the la belle assemblee 1815. No one has a copy of it as far as I can tell. Can I inquire of where you found your fashion plates for 1815? Thank you so much for any help you can provide me!!
10/9/2016 12:29:18 pm
Hi Amy! I got those, along with many others, as part of my paid subscription to The Regency Library. Since it was only two of many images from La Belle Assemblee, I decided to share them on my blog for educational purposes under fair use. The Regency Library is no longer available, sadly. My subscription was from the 90s! For a long time, you were still able to buy all the old, archived editions, but I just put in www.regencylibrary.com and there's no website there anymore. :( The owner had bought period fashion prints which she shared with her subscribers spanning the Regency period, into the 1820s.
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