Interesting Facts About Easter

In 2285, Easter will likely fall on March 22, the earliest date at which Easter can start. It will be the first time since 1818 in which Easter has occurred on that date.

Tasmania has an extra day of Easter – Easter Tuesday. It is only celebrated in Tasmania.

There is a Polish celebration on Easter Monday that involves boys throwing water on girls and spanking them with pussy willows.

Mexican Americans have an Easter tradition of filling empty egg shells with confetti called Cascarón and breaking them over people’s heads for good luck.

Easter Day is determined by an astronomical event (the Sunday after the first full moon of the Vernal Equinox).

In 1919 after becoming an officially secular country, Uruguay renamed the holidays of Christmas Day to “Family Day”, Holy Easter Week to “Tourism Week”, and Epiphany to “Children’s Day”.

Swedish and Scandinavian children dress up as witches and go door-to-door asking for candy on Easter.

AD and BC were invented in 525 AD by Dionysius Exiguus to determine the correct date of Easter.

Two rival churches in Greece celebrate Easter by firing over 100,000 rockets at each other.

The entire German state of Hesse is covered by a ban on public dancing during the hours of 4 am and 12 noon at Easter.

Bunnies were once believed to be hermaphroditic and able to mate without losing their virginity- that’s why the Easter Bunny is a symbol for Marie, with eggs being a symbol of rebirth, which is traditionally dyed red for Christ’s blood.

There are Easter eggs for the blind. They beep so children are able to hunt for them.

While the pointed white hood is a symbol of racism in the US, the same costume is used during Easter celebration in Spain.

In Norway, a contemporary tradition is to read or watch murder mysteries at Easter.

Easter is named after a German Goddess.

A Ukrainian Easter Egg, named pysanka is decorated with Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method.

When the Puritans came to power in England after the execution of King Charles I, Parliament enacted a law in 1647 abolishing the observance of Christmas and Easter. The Puritans of New England then passed a series of laws making any observance of Christmas illegal.

Carl Gauss’ illiterate mother never recorded the date of his birth, remembering only that he had been born on a Wednesday, 31 days after Easter. Gauss solved this puzzle about his birthdate and derived methods to compute the date of Easter in both past and future years.

Radio & TV stations in NZ aren’t allowed to play any commercial content at all on Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Christmas Day or they get fined.

In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, men spank women with a special handmade whip as part of Easter celebrations.

Christians eat ham on Easter because, in Europe (and eventually, America), the ham was one of the only plentiful meats available in early spring before fresh meats were readily available again.

The custom of the Easter egg may have existed in the early Christian community of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion.

In Australia, chocolate bilbies are sold as an alternative to chocolate rabbits at Easter. The bilby is an endangered rabbit-sized marsupial.

Easter sells more candy than Halloween selling 146 million pounds or $823 million dollars worth just last year. However, the prices of candy drop the lowest after Halloween reaching close to $4 a pound.

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