Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christian religion three days after his death. It is considered to be the oldest Christian holiday and the most imporant day of the church year. Eggs have been seen as ancient symbol of fertility, while springtime is considered to bring new life and rebirth, which is why they are used in Easter.
While you may already be aware of these facts about this day of observance, here are a few lesser known facts about Easter:
1. Easter Day falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls on or after March.
2. Easter Sunday may fall on any date between March 22 and April 25.
3. The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka.
4. The custom of giving eggs at Easter dates back to an ancient Egyptian practice associating eggs with a symbol of life returning in spring.
5.The name Easter owes its origin from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolises hare and egg.
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It is the time to celebrate with Easter eggs, bunnies and good food. Happy Easter!