It is almost Easter time and what better way to celebrate than to go through some interesting facts about the holiday? From its pagan roots to some unique ways of celebration, here are seven egg-stra interesting Easter facts, no-bunny told you about before!
Easter is Old and Originally Pagan
Easter is one of if not the oldest Christian holidays, though the holiday and its timing are originally based on a pagan holiday which often occurred in Springtime in the northern hemisphere. Easter is named after the Anglo-Saxon Goddess Eostre, who is a Goddess of fertility, light and often had a rabbit or hare as her symbol.
Origin of the Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny largely originated in pre-Christian Germany, where rabbits and hares were often symbols of the Goddess of Eostre. Pagan celebrations were very much blended with Christian ones and the Easter Bunny would often lay eggs for well-behaved children on Easter Sunday.
Painting Eggs Began in Ukraine
For many centuries Ukrainians would paint eggs using natural supplies such as dyes made from flowers and onion skins. This practice (known then in Ukraine as Pysanka) was often done in celebration of fertility and good health. It would later spread to much of the rest of the world.
Largest Ever Egg Hunt
The honour of the largest ever Easter Egg Hunt goes to Florida in the United States which took place in 2007. This involved a colossal egg hunt of over 500,000 Easter eggs hidden for nearly 10,000 children to find.
Pretzels Were Once Popular at Easter Time
Pretzels were once widely eaten at Easter Time in particular because of how they resembled two arms praying and would often be the staple of a German dinner on Good Friday. They have since recently become less popular.
Why Easter is on a Different Date Each Year
The reason why Easter is on a different date each year is a very simple one and is because it is based on the lunar calendar that follows the moon. Easter Sunday therefore always falls on the first Sunday after the full moon that takes place on or after March 21st.
Different Ways of Celebration
Across Europe, many cultures have different ways of celebrating Easter. The Greeks, for example, paint their Easter eggs red, while many cultures in Europe light bonfires as a symbol of fertility. People belonging to Eastern Orthodox Christianity celebrate Easter at a different time due to their historic longer use of the Julian calendar.