Fun and Interesting Easter Facts
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.
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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.
- Beautiful Easter Eggs from Poland
Pysanky are the most beautiful Easter Eggs ever! Find out what makes them special and some history behind them.
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.
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
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!
Learn All About Dingus Day in Buffalo
- Dyngus Day, April 13, 2009
Biggest Dyngus Day Celebration in America! Your guide to Dyngus (Dingus) Day in Buffalo, New York...The Dyngus Capital of the World! Prepare to Polka!