Spring is in the air and a certain egg-toting bunny is stretching his legs. This cute bunny would be terribly upset if you did not enter into the spirit of the occasion. As we spring toward Easter and get ready to send out Easter cards this year, take a little time to learn about Easter origins and history. Sharing these Easter facts and trivia will also be a fun way to keep your guests engaged over the dinner table at your Easter party.
Easter Origins and History
- Why is Easter celebrated? Easter is celebrated as the return of Jesus Christ to life after his crucifiction. This holiday is said to be the most sacred of all the Christian holidays or celebrations.
- Why is it called Easter? The name Easter likely owes its origin from Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring.n However, some believe that the word Easter came from an early German word “eostarun”, meaning dawn and white.
- What date is Easter celebrated on? Easter is usually celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the first day of Spring. It could take place on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Easter does not fall on a fixed day each year, though Christians prefer to celebrate it on the Sunday because that was the day of Jesus’s resurrection.
- What symbols are associated with Easter? Some the common themes that are associated with Easter are: Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets, the cross, and Easter Lilies.
- What about the Easter basket tradition? Traditional making of Easter baskets arose from the Catholic custom of bringing Easter dinner food to mass to be blessed. This custom can also be related to ancient agrarian tradition of bringing first crops to the temple.
- Did you know Easter is a combination of three traditions? Yes it is! In today’s time, Easter is generally thought of as a Christian festival. However, Easter is really an occurrence of three traditions Pagan, Hebrew and Christian.
- What does Lent have to do with Easter? The celebration of the Easter season begins with Lent. Lent is the period of fasting and penitence traditionally observed by Christians in preparation for Easter.
- What is the duration of Lent? The duration of Lenten fast, where followers to eat sparingly, was established in the 4th century as 40 days. Generally, this 40-day period begins on Ash Wednesday and extends with the omission of Sundays to the day before Easter.
- What is a special Easter flower? The White lily is the symbol of the resurrection, it is believed to be a special Easter flower.