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For more than a century, Easter has been celebrated on the White House lawn with egg rolls, senior staff dressed as the Easter bunny, and plenty of holiday cheer.
But when the Easter Egg Roll first began in 1878, it was actually meant to give children a place to celebrate so they wouldn't mess up the lawn on Capitol Hill.
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While President James Madison and first lady Dolly Madison are believed to have originated the Easter Egg Roll, their event never took place at the White House.
That grand idea came from President Rutherford B Hayes after a new law was passed that banned children from playing on Capitol Hill's new lawn.
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The Turf Protection Law was taken so seriously that a warning was even published in the Washington Post.
'Congress passed a joint resolution about two years ago, that still remains in force, intended to put a stop to the grand Easter Monday roll on the Capitol grounds,' it read.
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'A member of the Capitol police informs the Post that a large force will be on duty next Monday to see that the joint resolution is strictly enforced.'
As the story goes, a child who lived in the neighborhood spotted President Hayes while he was taking a walk and asked if he would allow children to roll eggs on his new White House lawn instead, according to Vox.
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Hayes, who was a father at the time to two young children, told the guards to let any child who showed to the White House lawn roll their eggs in peace.
The Easter Egg Roll has been a tradition ever since, taking on many shapes and sizes before growing into an event now attended by more than 30,000 people.
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