Easter is celebrated on Sunday, three days after Good Friday when Jesus was crucified by the Romans. On this day, the resurrection of Jesus is said to have taken place.
For many, it is a deeply religious holiday that honors the resurrection of Jesus. Others simply celebrate the holiday with coloured eggs and eat candy with their family. Here are some little-known fun-facts about Easter and the holiday celebration:
Why Easter is called Easter
Easter is named after the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who is celebrated at the beginning of the Spring. The goddess existence comes from the writings of the Venerable Bede, a British monk who lived in the late seventh and early eighth century.
Even though Christians had begun affirming the Christian meaning of the day and celebration, Bede was so influential that the English, Germans, and Americans continued to use the name of the goddess to refer the festival of Jesus resurrection.
Easter Is Celebrated On Different Day Every Year
The date of Easter celebration changes from year to year as it falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. This year Easter will be celebrated on the 21st of April and in 2020 it will be celebrated on the 12th of April.
Pegan tradition uses eggs on this day as a symbol of fertility and new life, while the Christian tradition of Easter eggs has its roots in the 40 days fasting period known as Lent. Some of the Easter customs, such as Easter eggs, are linked to pagan traditions.
In the middle age, Christians were forbidden to eat eggs during the fasting period. Not surprisingly when Easter arrived, people were keen to eat eggs on Easter day celebration. The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever weighed 7,200 kg was made in Italy in 2011.
Marshmallow peeps are one of the beloved parts of Easter basket, Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow peeps during the Easter holiday. Easter is one of the biggest candy-consuming holidays of the year and Peeps is the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
Easter Monday Egg Roll Competition at Whitehouse
Easter Egg roll is an annual event celebrated every year at the White house. The first annual Easter Whitehouse egg roll was held back in 1878 when the president agreed to open gates of Whitehouse lawn for children who want to roll eggs.
It is a race in which children decorated hard-boiled eggs across the White House ground as an annual event held on the Monday after Easter.
Easter Bunny Visit
Easter bunny is said to be a figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter baskets with Easter eggs and candies. This idea of Easter bunny is said to be originated from Germany. Easter bunny chocolates are hollow from inside to give the mould a better shape and to not break off the teeth by a solid bar.
The white lily is held as the traditional and official flower of Easter. The single stem flower originating from bulb depicts the resurrection of Jesus after his death. As Lilies represents love, grace, and purity, many churches and homes are decorated with the white lily for the holiday.