Good Question – How Did Spring Break Tradition Begin?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

A viewer wants to know, “How did the Spring Break tradition begin?” Good question.

Spring break has become synonymous with partying, binge drinking and traveling south for a week of fun in the sun; although that wasn’t the intention of spring break when it began. In parts of Canada, spring break is called “reading week” and “study week.”

There’s not a lot of reading going on in Fort Lauderdale, Florida over the past 60 years. At the end of WWII, the sunny Florida destination became the Spring Break capital of the United States.

The residents of the Fort Lauderdale area eventually became so angry by the damage left behind by spring breakers, the local government passed laws restricting parties.

The United States isn’t the only country with a spring break. Korea, Japan, China, Germany and Taiwan also give their hard-working students a March break.

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