Year after year, people around the globe gather to celebrate Easter. For those of us who pay more attention to religious holidays, Easter is a highly significant day because it is the time to remember the resurrection of their saviour. It does not matter how you do it because all cultures and people celebrate Easter in their own way around the globe. For others, this can be simply a time to hunt for colorful eggs or eat candies and celebrate and bond as a family. How you choose to celebrate Easter is an individual choice.
Here are some facts that you might want to know about the Easter holiday:
The egg toss game was a tradition that churches used to observe. This was similar to the game of hot potato. In this game, the priest will chuck a hardboiled egg to any of the boys in the choir present. Then the choir boys will then start tossing the egg at each other and when the clock strikes 12, the one who has the egg would be considered the winner. He will get to keep his prize.
In the Christian religion, Easter is celebrated by remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday is one of the most festive symbols of hope and rebirth.
It is also said that the resurrection was to bring people together and closer to their God so this was achieved with Easter.
The word “Easter” was derived from the name of Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess; the information was mentioned by author Bede in his book back in the 8th century. This specific goddess was known for fertility and spring festivities though people believed that Eostre was also linked to two other items that Easter is well-known for — eggs and hares.
In Tosca, Italy, the largest chocolate Easter Egg was made in 2011; its height was 34 feet and weighed 7,200 kilograms. This was measured in April 2011 at the Le Acciaierie Shopping Centre, in Cortenuova, Italy.
Several European nations follow a tradition of starting an Easter bonfire; this is called Easter Fire and is known to represent fertility. This also acts as a sacrament in memory of the Resurrection of Jesus.
The idea of the Easter bunny offering candies and eggs is known to have begun in Germany during the middle Ages. However, there is also a theory that says that the symbol of the rabbit originated from a Pagan tradition.
This is the festival of Eostre who was known as the goddess of fertility. It was also claimed that she had a rabbit as an animal symbol. Others also believe that the Easter bunny first appeared in the United States together with German immigrants and brought their tradition called the “Oschter Haws” or the “Osterhase”; and in this custom, children created nests where rabbits and hares could lay their coloured eggs.
During Easter, Americans buy more than sixteen million jelly beans! This amount is enough to form a circle around the Earth thrice which is amazing; that’s a lot of jelly beans !
Almost half of the states in the US banned the act of dyeing chicks during Easter. Though just recently, Florida overturned the said law and now prevents dyeing not only chicks, but all animals as an act of Kindness toward animals.
Annually, the White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll event on Easter Monday. This tradition began in 1878 by President Rutherford Hayes and continues to this day.
Easter Sunday and Monday are both national holidays in the Netherlands. This is because it is considered as a first and second Easter Sunday just like their two Christmas Days. The week continues until Tuesday. Although Good Friday is an official national holiday, it is not a mandatory day off for commercial businesses.
Chocolate Easter eggs were introduced only in the early 1900’s. Before this, people exchanged gifts of stuffed cardboard eggs or decorated chicken eggs instead.
Have you ever wondered why the dates of Easter vary every year? Easter is based on the lunar calendar and the position of the moon. Easter is celebrated on the Sunday following the full moon after the 21st of March.
There is also a specific type of flower that is common during Easter. The white lily is known as a sign of resurrection and is also considered as the celebration’s special flower.
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