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The White House Easter Egg Roll

It’s an image not typically seen: the president and the Easter Bunny standing side by side.

Once every spring, however, the fluffy donor of chocolate and gifts joins the leader of the United States for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

This year’s annual rite of spring is today. Here’s everything you need to know about the longstanding White House tradition.

The history

The White House Easter Egg Roll dates back more than 100 years. According to the National Park Service, children in the 1870s would flock to Capitol Hill on the Monday after Easter. They would roll dyed hard-boiled eggs — and sometimes themselves — down the hill. Members of Congress, fed up with the crowds and the toll the activity took on the grounds, passed a law in 1876 to ban egg rolling on Capitol grounds. On Easter Saturday 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes was approached by a group of young children asking whether they could use his “backyard” to roll eggs, according to the National Archives. That Easter Monday, the president issued an order to allow the children to come roll eggs on the White House South Lawn.

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