People everywhere gather to celebrate Easter. For those of us who might pay more attention to religious holidays, Easter is a very significant day because it is the time to remember the resurrection of their saviour.
It does not matter how you celebrate Easter because all cultures and people celebrate Easter in their own way around the globe. For others, this can be simply a special holiday to hunt for colourful eggs or eat candies and celebrate and bond as a family. How you choose to celebrate Easter is an individual choice. Below 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 in the past in many countries. This was similar to the game of hot potato in which no one wants to be stuck with the hot potato. In this game, the priest will chuck a hardboiled egg to any of the boys in the choir that are present. Then the choir boys would start tossing the egg to each other and when the clock struck 12, the one who still had the egg would be considered the winner. He will get to keep his prize.
In Tosca, Italy, the largest chocolate Easter Egg was made in 2011. Its height was 34 feet and it weighed 7,200 kilograms. This was measured on 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 . It is known to represent fertility. This also acts as a sacrament in memory of the Resurrection of Jesus.
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 meant to bring people together and closer to their God so this was achieved with Easter festivities where people could bond.
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 that they 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.
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.
During Easter, Americans buy more than sixteen million jelly beans! This amount is enough to form a circle around the Earth three times which is amazing! That’s a lot of jelly beans!
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. Many children come and participate.
Almost half of the states in the US banned the act of dyeing chicks during Easter which was hurtful to the chicks. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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