The Tradition of Hanging of the Bunting
If you did nothing else for all of the American holidays other than displaying red, white and blue buntings on the front of your home, outlining the porch or front door, you would be set! Nothing says American like the bunting and banners that feature the stars and stripes of the American flag. Add pennant garlands and the American flag and you have all you need for your outdoor decorating needs! Bunting, pennant garlands and banners are a fantastic way to display your patriotism!
Bunting (or bunt) is any festive decorations made of fabric, or of plastic, paper or even cardboard in imitation of fabric. Typical forms of bunting are strings of colorful triangular flags and lengths of fabric in the colors of national flags gathered and draped into swags or pleated into fan shapes. Bunting was originally a specific type of lightweight worsted wool fabric generically known as tammy, manufactured from the turn of the 17th century, and used for making ribbons and flags, including signal flags for the Royal Navy. Amongst other properties that made the fabric suitable for ribbons and flags was its high glaze, achieved by a process including hot-pressing.
The term bunting is also used to refer to a collection of flags, and particularly those of a ship. The officer responsible for raising signals using flags is known as bunts, a term still used for a ship's communications officer.
In the South, it is tradition to have a party for the "Hanging of the Bunting" and another party for the "Unhanging of the Bunting." It is usually hung for Memorial Day and taken down after Labor Day. This is a fun tradition to borrow for lake homes as well. Whether you're in the South or not, patriotism never gets old!