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« on: April 08, 2004 12:25:14 PM »

This is from a CANADIAN Book of Holidays. I've lived here my whole life and I was not familiar with many of these customs. So I thought I would share a few of these fine vintage Canadian Festival of Easter photos with some of our American cousins in case they are curious about our many interesting and crafty customs.



The Hanging of the Hens. Look at those eggs dangling playfully from their non-reproductive organs. (Glad I'm not a hen.)



These delightful Canadian flowers are seen growing wild throughout our fields and forests during early April. (Latin name is ovus giganticus.) Canadian youths pick large bunches of them, carrying them home to their "bungalows" (the traditional Canadian dwelling) where the Canadian parent or legal guardian smashes the flower's hard shell, and scoops out the tasty meat to be found inside the flower. When combined with mayonaise (may-eh-nayse), chopped onion and salt and pepper, Canadians enjoy "Egg Salad" sandwiches (a traditional and rare Canadian delicacy).



Beautifully "hand-crafted" (how exactly do you make an egg?) Canadian (again I say, "h'uh?") Easter eggs. So very different from the Easter eggs in other lands. How? Notice the uppermost egg. The creature hunkered down there resembles a rabbit but in actuality it is a beaver wearing one of those bunny-ear headband things. While the Easter Bunny is busy visiting other countries, the Easter Beaver visits Canada. (Hence the origins and continued popularity of the Canadian phrase, "dammit, dammit, dammit!", (still used today by many contemporary Canadian crafters when faced with a particularly ornery project.)



The text says "Canadian Easter eggs". What makes them Canadian? Your guess is as good as mine.



No shortage of eggs here, folks.



And of course, Chick on a Stick, the ever-popular rollicking, frolicking Easter game enjoyed by young and old alike. (Ouch!) (You could SO put somebody's eye out with that!)



The Easter Tree. Okay. "...It will capture many hearts. In the middle of the street and on both sides of the river." (I am not making that up.)  "The Easter Tree represents the Tree of Life." Or alternatively, The Tree of Lunch.

You want that toasted or plain?

DISCLAIMER: No eggs, chicks, ovum, wild flowers, bunnies or living beings of any sort were harmed during the making of this post. Viewing the first photo in this post for extended periods may permanently damage your retina. So. Don't. Thank you.

Happy Easter everybody.  Wink





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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2004 01:09:41 PM »

that is hilarious!!
and this whole time i thought you were from indiana Grin
thanks for sharing such eggcellent history.  (i know, ma bad).
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2004 05:20:07 PM »

Glad you enjoyed this attempt at a "cultural exchange". (Now we know why I got kicked out of the diplomatic corps  Roll Eyes). Nope. Not from Indianna. And 1958 is the year my fave automobile was manufactured.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2004 06:54:14 PM »

Ahhh IndieAnna, YOU ROCK! I especially liked this part of your post
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While the Easter Bunny is busy visiting other countries, the Easter Beaver visits Canada. (Hence the origins and continued popularity of the Canadian phrase, "dammit, dammit, dammit!"

 because well where I live is beaver territory. They are sooo cute Smiley
Who ever decorated those eggs musta spent a lot of time, they do look great and I bet they taste even yummier!
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2004 03:55:20 PM »

being from the other side of the pond, i know little about canada except what americans have told me: that canadians are obsessed with (often bizarre) winter sports, and say "eh" a lot. I never knew that canadian culture encluded such a rich tradition of easter, errr, fun.

in my country of birth, greece, there is no easter bunny. instead, at easter, hard-boiled eggs are dyed red, symbolic of the blood of christ (yum!), and children are given live chicks as pets, which are fed on a traditional diet of chips and sweets and invariably die within the week. this from the country that brought you - and i'm not kidding - the christmas boat, as a predecessor of the now-popular fir tree.  Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2004 05:20:54 PM »

Oh yes! I'm from Canada, and how this posts reminds me of my childhood!  The good old days when me and my brother would play Chick On A Stick outside our igloo. Ah yes, those were the days.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2004 04:59:42 AM »

Hey, kaleidoscope! Thank you so much vindicating me! So many people have accused me of "embroidering" (groan ...  Shocked) this Tale of a Canadian Easter just for the sake of a good story...they do not respect our Canadian Easter Traditions!!! But if you remember them, they must be true!

(However, why is that you and your sibling no longer uphold the beloved tradition of Chick on a Stick? I hope nobody was hurt...)

~ indie  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2004 11:01:27 AM »

Tsk Tsk! They're just ignorant to our ways up North.  Why of course they're true!  You all should be ashamed of your lackage of cultural knowledge!

  As for the fatelful decease of Chick On A Stick, no, no one was hurt.  It was Mom's poor Easter Tree that took the blow.  She slaved over decorating it for hours, and you know how those Easter games can be, it got a bit too rowdy and the tree was knocked over.  Ever since then she's been weary of the game
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2004 04:26:57 PM »


Thank you so much for the pictures of such beloved Canadian traditions as Dangly Hens and Ukran - I mean CANADIAN Easter eggs.  Ahhh, I have spent many an hour impaling eggs on sticks for this special national holiday.
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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2004 12:16:01 PM »

I am laughing so hard stomach hurts!
Wait till my family in Canada finds out about the rich traditions they have been missing out on-- or were they just keeping it a secret from those of us in the U.S.? Hmmmm...
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