“Let me fall out of the window/ With confetti in my hair”*…
From it’s roots in phyllobolia (the ancient Greek custom of throwing branches, leaves, garlands, or other plant matter –sometimes barley, flowers, or fruit– over, onto, or before a person, generally in celebratory reverence); through its modern formation during Carnevale in Italy in the 19th Century; to its current role as “tinsel meth of the masses”– everything one could possibly want to know about confetti.
* Tom Waits, “Tango ’til They’re Sore”
As we bob and weave, we might recall that this date is the holiday, first celebrated in 1945, known as Victory in Europe Day, marking the end of World War II in the European Theater. Observances, especially in the years immediately following the war, frequently involved parades, which frequently involved confetti (and other forms of phyllobolia).