White House Easter Egg Roll Tradition
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The wonderful easter egg roll tradition at the White House dates all the way back to 1878. Organized a day after Easter Sunday, thousands of kids are invited to celebrate with the President and the First Lady. It begins as many Easter get togethers do with games, eggs of course and lots of music. The President and First lady take a central role in the activities. It takes place on the perfectly manic

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White House Easter Egg Roll Tradition - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats. The wonderful easter egg roll tradition at the White House dates all the way back to 1878. Organized a day after Eater Sunday, thousands of kids are invited to celebrate with the President and the First Lady. It begins as many Easter get togethers do with games, eggs of course and lots of music. The President and First lady take a central role in the activities. It takes place on the perfectly manicured South Lawn, which looks more like an amusement park on that day. The practice of egg rolling is where a hard-boiled egg is thrown or dragged across a lawn from a long handled spoon. Originally, young kids would arrive on Capitol Hill for some egg rolling fun, but the members of Congress weren’t fans of the rowdy crowds and the mess that was made on the grass so it was moved to the White House during Rutherford Hayes’ reign! During World War I, the event was cancelled between 1917-1920 and also during World War II between 1943-1945. About 20,000-30,000 attend each year. A lottery decides who gets invited. In 1941, an unusually large crowd of 53,000 attended the event and 70 children were said to be temporarily lost.