12 Fun Facts About Easter

It’s Easter! To mark the holiday we’ve compiled some fun facts about this season. Hope you enjoy them.

1. The date of Easter Sunday changes every year because it’s celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon. The Paschal Full Moon is part of the Ecclesiastical Calendar and varies considerably, so Easter Sunday can be any time from March 22nd to April 25th. Still confused? Maybe this will help.

12 Fun Facts About Easter

2. The original date of Easter was first fixed in 325AD.

3. In the Christian calendar, Easter marks the rebirth of Christ and the end of the 40 days of Lent.

4. Good Friday is an official holiday in 12 US states (and if you’re in one of those states, enjoy the long weekend).

5. Easter is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians. That’s because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian Calendar.

6. There’s a link between Easter and Passover and in some countries and languages, the words for the two feasts are related.

7. Eggs are associated with Easter because they are a symbol of starting new life. It’s believed that eggs have been given to celebrate the spring equinox for more than 2 millennia.

8. The Easter Bunny tradition made its way to the US in the 18th century. It is believed to have originated in Europe where it was actually the Easter Hare. Other Easter traditions include wearing Easter bonnets, making Easter baskets and having Easter egg hunts.

9. Easter eggs may be painted and decorated hard boiled eggs. Often today they are chocolate eggs or plastic eggs filled with candy.

10. The Annual White House Easter Egg Roll was originally held at the Capitol in the 1870s.

11. Around 90 million chocolate bunnies are made for Easter each year. Jelly beans are also a favorite in the US, with about 16 million eaten at this season each year. The only time Americans eat more candy than Easter is at Halloween. Hot cross buns are another Easter tradition.

12. The largest Easter egg ever made was around 9,000 pounds. It needed a steel frame for internal support.

Happy Easter!

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