Happy Easter!

Easter is one of the most popular and most celebrated occasions in the Western world. Read these Easter facts and trivia and feed yourself with some lesser known yet immensely likeable information related to the festival. It is considered as one of the oldest and the holiest festivals celebrated by the Christians.It is a day which is duly esteemed by those who celebrate it with immense religious commitment. Thus after Jesus’ crucifixion, all his disciples were distorted thinking that they will never get an opportunity to see their leader. However to everyone’s surprise, on the third day of his crucifixion, Christ rose from his dead body. Popularly known as the Resurrection of Christ, this holy event showered its followers with joy and relief, who began to celebrate the day to commemorate the resurrection of Christ. Check out below for the many interesting facts associated with Easter.

eegg5The name Easter derived its name from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eastre, which symbolizes hare and egg.
Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25.
Easter is however now celebrated (in the words of the Book of Common Prayer) on the first Sunday after the full moon, which happens on, or after March 21, the Spring Equinox.
eegg9Since time immemorial, egg has been considered as the symbol of rebirth.
The first Easter baskets were designed as such so as to give it an appearance of a bird’s nests.
The custom of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back from Egyptians, Gaul, Persians, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life.
eegg13During the medieval times, a festival of egg throwing was held in church, during which the priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choirboys. It would then be tossed from one choirboy to the next and whoever held the egg when the clock struck 12 was surely the winner and will retained the egg.
Americans however celebrated Easter with a large Easter egg hunt on the White House Lawn.
eegg15Pysanka is the term used for the practice of Easter egg painting.
The maiden chocolate egg recipes were made in Europe in the nineteenth century.
Each year nearly 90 million chocolate bunnies are made.
Besides Halloween, Easter holiday also paves way for confectionary business to prosper.
eegg17When it comes to eating of chocolate bunnies, the ears are preferred to be eaten first by as many as 76% of people.
Easter Bonnets are a throwback to the days when the people denied themselves the pleasure of wearing fine angels for the duration of Lent.
Kids’ favorite Easter foodstuff comprises of the Red jellybeans.
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Some Churches still keep up the old tradition of using evergreens – symbolic of eternal life – embroidered in red on white, or woven in straw, but most now prefer displays of flowers in the spring colors of green, yellow and white.
The date of Passover is variable as it is dependent on the phases of the moon, and thus Easter is a movable feast.
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