How do you tackle a January detox when Easter chocolate eggs appear in the shops before the last of the Christmas decorations are down?! Easter is another major cause for family get togethers and celebrations and as we get caught up in the fun of it all it’s easy to forget where it all began – a long, long time ago. Tied up in the story are myriad fascinating Easter facts. So, if like us, you’re curious about the origins of Easter, why its dates move and how an egg-laying hare made it into the picture, read on.
9 fascinating Easter facts
- The word ‘Easter’ derives from two old pagan spring festivals – the Old European pagan festival of ‘Ostara’ that celebrated new life and the Arabian Sun festival of ‘Ishtar’.
- The Easter celebration is linked to the Jewish Passover because Jesus died at around that time.
- Passover is an important Feast Jews celebrate to commemorate their liberation from slavery and freedom under the leadership of Moses.
- Easter officially starts with Lent on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter Day.
- Roast lamb is a traditional meal on Easter Sunday and derives from the sacrificial lamb roasted and eaten by the Jews on Passover.
- Customs that have become associated with Easter include egg decorating, egg hunting, the Easter bunny and Easter parades.
- For Christians, the custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life.
- The Easter bunny derives from German folklore tales of the “Osterhase” an egg-laying hare.
- Easter is now traditionally a time for extended families to come together and share a special meal together.
Captivate your friends and family with these fascinating Easter facts over a celebratory supper in one of our many large group holiday homes. If you’re looking for somewhere special to spend time with extended family over the Easter break, why not rent a large holiday house and bring everyone together under the one roof.
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