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Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Easter

Easter is a Christian festival that celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are some facts you probably didn’t know about the most important Christian feast.

vegreville egg ~ world's largest pysanka by striatic.

  • Pysanka is often taken to mean any type of decorated egg, but it actually refers to the Ukrainian Easter egg using the batik method. The designs are written using beeswax. The colors used are rich in symbolism.  The world’s largest pysanka was created as a tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1975 that brought peace and security to Vegreville’s ethnic heritage. It measures 25.7 long, 18.3 feet wide, and stands 31.6 feet high. It is also recognized as an achievement of nine mathematical, architectural and engineering firsts
  • In the United States, the term Spring Holiday is sometimes used in place of Easter or Good Friday. Some Christians argue that it is used to avoid recognition of, or to secularize a Christian holiday. Supporters of the term say that its use is an attempt to include non-Christians on the holiday or to impose the separation of Church and state.
  • There are many stories surrounding the origin of the word Easter. One of the most renowned is about the pagan Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre the goddess of sunrise and spring and the Teutonic goddess of dawn. The sunrise direction, East, is named after her. Eastre is believed to be an ancient word for spring. As pagans celebrate their spring festival, the Jews celebrate the Passover, in memory of the day God delivered them out of Egyptian slavery. The Hebrew word for Passover is Pesach. In the Jewish calendar it is the first day of spring.
  • Easter symbols include: the crucifix or cross, candles (including light and fire), bunnies, lamb, eggs and hot cross buns and some traditional customs are carnivals, egg hunting and giving, passion plays and feasting.

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  • Easter (not Christmas), is the fundamental and most important religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. Christians believe that three days after his crucifixion, Christ rose from the dead. Easter Sunday is the celebration of his resurrection. The chronology of his death and resurrection is estimated between 26 and 36 A.D.
  • Easter always starts on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. This dating is based on the lunar calendar that the Hebrews used to identify Passover, the reason it’s a movable feast. The festival can be as early as March 22 and be as late as April 15. The next time it will fall on the 22nd of March will be in the year 2285; the last time it happened was in 1818.
  • Easter Season lasts for 50 days (7 full weeks) until Pentecost. The first week is known as the Octave of Easter.
  • The Christian Sunday mass is a year-round celebration that commemorates the death and resurrection of Christ.
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  1. Joe Dorish

    On March 29, 2009 at 8:09 am


    Have never been able to figure out how they determine which Sunday will be Easter. Thanks for the info!

  2. Daghost413860

    On March 29, 2009 at 8:53 am


    Thank you for this. You inspired me to write, what Christians dont know about easter ;)

  3. Luffy12

    On March 29, 2009 at 11:36 am


    the first pic is wow

  4. Will Gray

    On March 29, 2009 at 11:38 am


    Great article! Great pics!

  5. Ruby Hawk

    On March 29, 2009 at 11:47 am


    It’s always a little confusing to me how Easter falls on a different date each year.

  6. rutherfranc

    On March 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm


    it is because they want it to fall on the same day.. you can`t move the day because Easter Sunday has to fall on a Sunday, Ruby.. great share JKK!

  7. lindalulu

    On March 29, 2009 at 4:22 pm


    Really great article with wonderful information and pics!

  8. Jo Oliver

    On March 29, 2009 at 11:51 pm


    Indeed, some fact I didnt know! well done.

  9. Edward J Rodrigues

    On March 29, 2009 at 11:52 pm


    what is the originality of Easter egg??? any idea.

  10. papaleng

    On March 30, 2009 at 2:30 am


    great article, but I wonder Did Christ really had risen on Sunday, if He died Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm. do some calculations.

  11. Unofre Pili

    On March 30, 2009 at 5:45 am


    Thanks for the info kristie.

  12. Kate Smedley

    On March 30, 2009 at 6:53 am


    Very informative article, I didn’t realise Easter lasts for 7 weeks!

  13. macon

    On March 30, 2009 at 9:23 am


    what a giant easter egg! interesting piece!

  14. C. S. Robins

    On March 30, 2009 at 11:42 am


    Good stuff about easter..thanks! And thanks for it not all being about the regilous aspects of it either.

  15. OhSugar

    On March 30, 2009 at 12:12 pm


    Great article on Easter. I learn more about this celebration, from your article. I love Easter, because we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord.

  16. Fresh Writing

    On March 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm


    Very informative article…thanks, Kristie!

    -Fresh Writing

  17. CutestPrincess

    On April 2, 2009 at 1:35 am


    thanks for sharing this… now i know!

  18. Kimberly Moore

    On April 2, 2009 at 7:05 am


    Very interesting information! Easter is pretty cool!:)

  19. Dee Gold

    On April 3, 2009 at 4:20 am


    wonderful information

  20. nobert soloria bermosa

    On April 4, 2009 at 12:13 am


    informative,thanks

  21. S A JOHNSON

    On April 8, 2009 at 9:28 pm


    Interesting article, thanks for the info

  22. Juhls

    On April 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm


    Great history. Thanks for sharing!

  23. zion hicks

    On April 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm


    i really learned a lot about this article,thanks-for the information, it inspired me to learn more about these holidays

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