3 Facts behind Easter Holidays you should knowApril 19, 2017
Are you spending your Easter Holiday with your family or friends at this moment? Perhaps you are enjoying warm spring sunshine and picturesque view somewhere, or having a gorgeous Easter meal with your family. But do you actually know what’s Easter Holiday for and when was it determined? Take some time with us and Let’s explore some interesting facts behind this happy holiday!
When is Easter Day?
Unlike Valentine’s Day and Christmas Day, the dates for Easter holidays change every year. It can fall any time between March 22 and April 25. This year Easter Day (also known as Easter Sunday) is on April 16. Christians celebrate Easter on a Sunday as it was the day Jesus rose from the dead, following being crucified on a Friday two days before. It was determined by a council of Christian bishops that Easter Day would always be on a Sunday to commemorate the happy occasion. Because the Church calendar follows the moon, Easter Day is always the first Sunday after the first calculated Full Moon. If the Full Moon is on a Sunday, Easter Day is on the next Sunday.
What are Easter Eggs?
Eggs & Chicks are often associated with Easter because, in Pagan times, they were sign of Fertility and New life. The early Christians took over the meaning of new life because it helped them remember the resurrection and having new life through Jesus.
Eggs were used by the ancient Persians and Egyptians to celebrate New Year, which happened for them in spring time. The eggs were colored and eaten during the celebrations. In Europe, colored eggs were used to celebrate Easter as house decorations.
Egg rolling races are held all over the world on Easter Monday. Eggs are rolled down a hill or slope and the first one to reach the bottom that hasn’t broken is the winner. There is also an egg-knocking game is played in lots of countries including France, Germany, Norway and Syria.
How to celebrate Easter?
- Take a hike with family or friends. Easter often takes place as the weather starts to get warmer. If you live in an area where Easter marks the start of spring, take advantage of the warm weather to celebrate the day. Spend Easter Sunday taking a long walk or hike along a local nature trail.
- Have an Easter brunch. Many people love early afternoon brunches on Easter. You can go out to a restaurant that has an Easter brunch special. You can also have family or friends over for an Easter-themed meal. Due to the connection with eggs, deviled eggs or scrambled eggs can be a good thematic fit to your Easter meals.
- Plant something to celebrate new life. As Easter falls during the spring in many parts of world, it is seen as a celebration of life. Stop by a local greenhouse and pick up some seeds. Plant them in your yard or in a pot in your home. Growing some new flowers or other plants can help you commemorate Easter by welcoming spring.