Pennsylvania October 25, 2017
Here Are 10 Traditions You’ll Totally Get If You’re From Pennsylvania
We all have our own traditions. In our families. In our groups of friends. And, in our towns. Despite living in such a culturally diverse state, we Pennsylvanians also have plenty of traditions that are unique to PA. Here are 10 that you’ll totally get if you’re from Pennsylvania.
1. We ring in the New Year by dropping wrenches, mushrooms, and Hershey’s kisses and…
Just about everyone counts down to the ball drop on New Year's Eve. But, we Pennsylvanians have a tradition of our own. Numerous small towns drop what their known for. A Hershey's kiss in Hershey. A wrench in Mechanicsburg. And a mushroom in Kennett Square.
2. Eat a traditional New Year’s Day meal.
There's only one way to kick off a new year in PA. And, that's with the traditional New Year's Day meal of pork and sauerkraut. The meal, according to Dutch tradition, is said to bring prosperity to you in the new year.
3. No one goes to school on the first day of hunting season.
Thanksgiving weekend is always an extra long one for us Pennsylvanians. That's because the Monday after Thanksgiving is sort of a holiday in the state. It's the first day of hunting season, which means no school for most kids.
4. We shop at mud sales and…
Those who live in or travel to Lancaster have been to at least one mud sale. Mud sales benefit local volunteer fire departments. Local Amish residents sell their goods, including buggies, antiques, outdoor equipment, and even handmade quilts.
5. 100 mile yard sales.
Yard sales are the norm in PA. But, one stands apart from them all. The 100 mile yard sale that winds through Cameron, Clearfield, and Elk Counties. The hugely popular yard sale is typically held on a weekend in July.
6. Cookie table are all the rage at weddings in Southwestern PA and…
Every wedding reception, at least if you live in Southwestern PA, boasts a cookie table. The cookie table features an assortment of cookies and is, without a doubt, one of the most popular parts of a reception.
7. Celebrate special events at fire halls.
And where do we hold those wedding receptions and other celebrations? Why, at the local fire hall, of course. It promises plenty of room and great acoustics. What more could we want?
8. In some parts of PA, we cool off with the water from…
Fire hydrants. Yep. If you've ever been to Philly in the summer, you've likely seen kids splashing and cooling off in the water gushing out of a fire hydrant.
9. Some of us eat scrapple for breakfast and…
Pennsylvanians have a love hate relationship with scrapple. Some of us love it. And, some of us hate it. Those of us who love it find it the ideal way to start the day.
10. We can’t pass up shoofly pie for dessert.
PA is all about desserts. Not too big of a surprise, though, is it? After all, we've got shoofly pie, Tasty Kake, Hershey's candy.
What other Pennsylvania traditions would you add to this list? Share in the comments! Then,
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