During Easter week schools and pre-schools around the world would normally be hosting the annual Easter hat parade. Children don their cleverly crafted hats adorned with Easter bunnies, eggs, streamers and flowers.
Fashionable women traditionally line up for Easter hat parades wearing their latest millinery designs.
Easter bonnets parades this year will be limited to the balcony, or at best taking the garbage bin out to the kerbside.
The origins of Easter bonnets stem from the tradition of making a new hat to wear to church on Easter Sunday.
Women would celebrate spring, decorating their hats with flowers, lace and ribbons as a symbol of rebirth and renewal.
However the concept of an “Easter Bonnet parade” didn’t become popular until 1933, with songwriter Irving Berlin’s lyrics to “Easter Parade.”
The popular song about women parading along Fifth Avenue in their Easter bonnets featured in musicals and films.
Today the tradition of decorating an Easter hat is a great, fun activity in the lead up to Easter.