Easter is one of the biggest occasions that people, especially kids, look forward to year after year. But what do you really know about Easter?
Different people have various perceptions about what Easter really is. Some have little to no background about it. Some see it as something they celebrate as part of their faith. Others just look at it as a tradition they’ve always celebrated since they were kids.
To give you more insight into what Easter is all about, here are a few facts that you need to know:
Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.
For Christians, Easter is seen as the very foundation of their faith. It is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who saved the faithful from their sins. This is why Easter is seen as a season for prayer and repentance.
Easter falls on the Sunday after a 40-day time period called Lent. The Lenten season used to be seen as a period for fasting. But now, fasting does not just mean limiting food intake.
Modern versions of fasting are now being introduced: from 40 days of doing good deeds, to 40 days of refraining from using gadgets. It all depends on the person performing the fasting.
The week preceding Easter is referred to as Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
The tradition of painting eggs actually pre-dates Christianity.
For a lot of people, Easter would remind them more about Easter eggs. This tradition is said to have started in 1290 when Edward I had 450 eggs bought and colored. These eggs were then distributed among his royal entourage that Easter.
Two centuries after that, it was the Vatican’s turn to use the egg as a present. They encased it in a silver case and gave it to Henry VIII.
Eggs are also seen as a symbol of new life and rebirth. This is probably why people from the 13th century used to give eggs to their lords every Easter. They also gave eggs as offering during Good Friday.
Easter is the 2nd biggest candy holiday in the U.S.
As you have probably guessed, Halloween takes the top spot in terms of the amount of candies bought throughout the year. Easter comes in 2nd, with Americans spending an average of $1.9 billion on Easter candy every year.
70 percent of this number, of course, is chocolate. Some even have their own beliefs about how to eat chocolate bunnies. 76 percent of Americans actually believe that the bunny ears should be eaten first before anything else.
The Easter bunny has pagan roots.
Although Easter is generally seen as a Christian holiday, one of the symbols people have associated with it actually has Pagan roots.
The Germanic fertility goddess was named Eostre (see the resemblance in names?) and her festival was celebrated around the same time as Easter.
It was actually Venerable Saint Bede, an 8th century monk, who confirmed that Easter was scheduled around this time because the church has always tried to co-opt pagan dates into their own celebrations.
Of course, as the goddess of fertility, it was not really surprising that she was given the bunny as her symbol. The reproductive cycle of bunnies, as you probably know, is quite astounding.
Big chocolate bunnies are usually hollow for safety reasons.
When was the last time you bit into a huge chocolate bunny? For a lot of people, they feel disappointed knowing that it isn’t actually a solid block of chocolate.
Some may even go as far as thinking that chocolate manufacturers are trying to steal the consumers’ money by not giving them the actual value of the product.
In reality, large chocolate bunnies are hollow to prevent kids from breaking their teeth when biting into them. You can probably imagine how hard solid chocolate bunnies can be, especially when they’re large.
Some chocolate bunnies may be solid, but they are either smaller in size, or bear warnings on the packaging that there are risks involved when biting into it.
PAAS has been supplying Easter dyes all over the world for over 135 years.
Some of you may have attempted to paint eggs before. This means that you might be familiar with PAAS egg dye and egg decorating kits. Now some people assume that this name was probably an acronym, or a random name drawn up by its creator.
In reality, it was actually taken from the Dutch word “Passen”, which means Easter. You see, the founder of PAAS, William Townley, had Pennsylvania Dutch neighbors from whom he heard the word from.
Easter is definitely a great season to celebrate new life, regardless of what your beliefs are. To inspire you even more and to give you a few things to ponder about, here are a few quotes about Easter:
Best Quotes about Easter
“Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry…” – W.H. Auden
“Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.” – N.T. Wright
“How often does Love have to tell us, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?’ Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitterness…and that is where death is. That is not the place to look for the One who is alive!” – Pope Francis
“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.” – S.D. Gordon
“Sure, things die. Yet hard on the heels of every death there comes a birth. And if the life around me is being perpetually refreshed in such a relentless manner, why would I think that the life within me can’t have the same experience.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The great gift of Easter is hope.” – Basil C. Hume
“I no longer have to be afraid of looking foolish, or wonder what people might think about me, as long as I please the One who conquered death.” – Sarah Holman
“For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace are all new born.” – Alice Freeman Palmer
“Easter is the final solution to the finality of death.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Even without church walls, or doors or sconces, Easter had come. Even without altars or crosses, Easter had come.” – Mark Andrew Poe