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Fun and Interesting Easter Facts

Updated on July 4, 2009

Why is Easter Always on a Different Day?

Easter is not on a set date. Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (or first day of spring, usually March 21st). Easter can occur as early as March 22nd and as late as April 25th.

Easter was originally celebrated on the same day as the Jewish Passover. However, the Jewish Passover is also not a fixed date and can fall on any day of the week. The Roman Emperor and the Council of Nicaea, in 325 AD, decided that Easter should always be on a Sunday. They invented the new method of calculating the date of Easter.

Although some say this was done to ensure the season be the same as the year Jesus rose from the dead, it was actually a political move. Constantine wanted to unite the various fractions under him, and this was one ploy to do so.

State Easter Egg Display

Beginning in 1994, the American Egg Board began coordinating the State Easter Egg Display. An artist from each state is picked by the American Egg Board to paint an egg representative of some aspect of the state. Each artist must reside in the state of the egg they paint and may not have participated in the event previously.

Older Eggs Peel Better

Fresher eggs are harder to peel when they are hard boiled. Buy eggs 10 days to 2 weeks before boiling and dyeing them. They will be easier to peel when you want to eat the. Egg shells "breath", over time the area between the membrane and shell increases, making eggs easier to peel.

Interesting Egg Fact

May is National Egg Month In the USA.

The second Friday of October is World Egg Day. The first World Egg Day was October 9, 1999.

To tell if an egg is raw or hard boiled, spin it. The solid hard boiled egg will spin easily. The liquids in the raw egg will make it wobble.

It is said an egg will stand on it's end during the vernal equinox.

Images of the Easter Egg Roll

White House Easter Egg Roll

In 1876 the egg rolling activities and picnic ruined the Capitol's grounds. Congress passed a law stating that the Capitol's grounds could not be used as a children's playground. Due to rain in 1877, the law was not tested.

President Rutherford B. Hayes was taking a walk in 1878, when a group of children asked if they would be allowed to roll eggs that year. President Hayes did not understand the request. He asked around in the White House and discovered what the children meant.

An official order was given and children have been rolling Easter eggs down the south lawn ever since. The participants now receive presents such as coloring books, candy, posters and the commemorative wooden White House Easter egg. These eggs have been given out to all participants since 1982.

This year the egg roll will be held on April 13, 2009 from 8 am to 2 pm. Tickets are free, but you must have at least one child 7 years of age or younger in your group...and no more than 2 adults. A maximum of 5 tickets are issued to each individual by the National Park Service.

Peter Cottontail

The show "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" was based on a book named, "The Easter Bunny That Overslept", by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich in 1957.  The show first aired April 4, 1971 on ABC.

The song was written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins in 1949.  This talented duo also wrote another family favorite, Frosty the Snowman.

Cute Little Girl Singing Peter Cottontail

Dingus Day

The Monday after Easter is known in Poland as Dingus Day. Dingus Day is a day of fun and laughter. Traditionally, men and boys sprinkle girls and women with water and tap them with pussy willows.

The word dingus mean worthy or proper in Poland.  In America, dingus is slang used to describe a stupid person.  Dingus (also spelled Dyngus) Day is very popular in Buffalo, NY. The people of Buffalo claim they have the largest Dingus Day celebration in the world!


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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Lgali, Thanks for the comment :) For some reason, when I checked today, it said this comment was spam...I do not know how that happened and I have rectified it. Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      nice hub

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Hi compu-smart! Dingus Day does sound like fun, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Proud Mom, Many, many thanks! You know, I think it was actually today :)

      How did you find out, I don't exactly advertise? I really appreciate you stopping by to tell me!!!!!

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      Proud Mom 8 years ago from USA

      k@ri!!! I just found out I was late with birthday wishes!!!!!!!! I hope you had a great one! I think we should have had a virtual party! I'm sorry I missed being on time, but just pretend it's today and I got something right!!!!

      HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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      Thanks Ripplemaker! I'm glad if you learned something new! Thanks for reading!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Kari, there is always something new to learn. :-) Many thanks for this fun and interesting facts about easter.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks delhi, glad you liked it!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      LondonGirl, Thanks for the kind words!! You are always sooo sweet!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      fantastic hub, loads of interesting and random facts!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Princessa, I guess it would be feel pretty good in the middle of summer!

      Thanks for the news about my hub being number 2! I'm going to the forum.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      LOL it is not that bad, a bucket of water is sometimes welcome specially at this time of the year, which is the peak of summer time :)

      BTW, you might hate a bucket of water but I am sure you will love to know that this hub is already a number 2 on Google's first page under "fun and interesting Easter facts". Congratulations :) I posted a screen shot for you in the forum, well done!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      LOL! You must write about it. It sounds like a ton of fun! From talcum powder to buckets of water...hate to be the passer by!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Hi, I will write about the Peruvian carnival one of these days. It is quite a fun festivity and I have plenty of stories about it. In old times carnival was celebrated with parties and people would wear masks and sprinkle each other with talcum powder. Later on carnival became more of a battle of water filled balloons. When people didn’t have balloons they just used buckets of water to attack the “enemy” or any unsuspicious passer by!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      CC, I friend of mine told me not to use fresh eggs years ago, researching this hub, I found out why. I have never heard the vinegar trick, maybe I should do an experiment!

      Princessa, You've got to hand it to the Polish, pysanky and Dingus Day! Seems they have a very interesting heritage.

      Tell me more about carnival in Peru. I've never heard of it. One of my favorite surgeons in NM was from Peru, I can't recall him mentioning it.

      Peggy, Thanks, I get a chuckle every time I think of Dingus Day! And why does it have to be pussy willows :)

      Lelah, I lucked out on Dingus Day, I was searching the news and came across an article. Thanks for reading!

      Mike, I can just see the reaction at work when I say I won't be in the Monday after Easter because I must celebrate Dingus Day!! LOL, maybe I should try it!

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      Mike Fuller 8 years ago from Indiana

      Great facts, maybe we should all celebrate Dingus day! nice hub

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      LelahKimball 8 years ago from USA

      Lots of interesting tidbits on Easter. I've been doing a lot of research and writing on Easter and Dingus Day is a completely new one for me. Good job!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Interesting collection of facts. Never heard about Dingus day before, the original Polish celebration sounds a bit like the way we celebrate carnival in Peru.

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      Very nice k@ri, yeah fresh eggs suck for hard boiling and trying to get the shell off. I guess some vinegar in the water is supposed to help, don't know about that one.