Some Interesting Easter Sunday Trivia
Easter is an interesting day. It primarily a religious holy day, but it still gets the frills and tinsel of the Easter bunny and baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and colorfully painted eggs. It’s not a very big holiday like Christmas, Halloween or even Valentine’s Day. However, it still has a special significance. But like most holidays, it get picked and marketed for mostly the candy and festivities. Depending on your traditions the day is spent with a barbeque and an Easter egg hunt. (I never thought it was odd that a rabbit could lay eggs until I was older). To celebrate the day for a little bit more than just candy and eggs, I put together some interesting trivia about Easter.
1. The First Council of Nicaea established Easter as a holy day in 325 A.D. to correspond with the Vernal equinox; thus making it the first Sunday after the first Astronomical full moon. This is why the date always fluctuates.
2. Easter and Passover are closely related. The tradition is that the Crucifixion and Resurrection happened during Passover. This has caused some controversy and confusion over the last two millennia among religious scholars. Sometimes the two holy days have overlapped, and in many languages, the word for “Easter” and the word for “Passover” are the same.
3. Eggs are seen as an image of life and rebirth. For Easter, in Christianity, it is a symbol of Christ’s resurrection.
4. The Easter Bunny was first mentioned by Georg Franck von Frankenau’s De Ovis Paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in the 17th Century.
5. The tale of rabbits laying eggs comes from Pennsylvania in the 1700’s. There was the German legend of the Osterhas (Easter Hare). If the children were good, the Bunny would leave them colored eggs, in the children’s hat made up to look like little nest, for Easter. (Very similar to Santa Claus and stockings for Christmas).
6. The famous Fabergé eggs were created by The House of Fabergé for Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia. They were made every year from 1885 to 1917. The first was made as an Easter present for Russian empress Maria Fedorovna. It was made of gold called the Hen Egg, had just a small door that opened to show a golden yolk. In later years the egg became extremely intricate and impressive, with small figures in them and spring moved décor. There were 65 made altogether.
Whether Easter has a special religious day for you or just another day full of bunny-shaped chocolate, dyed eggs and jelly beans, it is always interesting to look a little deeper and find some hidden treasures of information about days like this. Happy Easter!
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