Interesting Facts About Easter Sunday: Do You Know Its Origin?

Easter, a renowned Christian holiday, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ that happened on the 3rd day after his crucifixion on the cross. Forty days before Easter, Christians always follow Lent that’s supposed to be forty days of fasting, penance, and prayer.
The last week of this forty day period is known as Holy Week. During the Holy Week, Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Following the Easter is a fifty day period known as Eastertide that ends on Pentecost Sunday.
In the countries where the country has a high Christian population, or where the entire state embraces Christianity, Easter is usually a public holiday. As Easter is always a Sunday, most countries have also set Easter Monday as a public holiday.
Some restaurants, shopping malls, and retail stores remain closed on Easter Sunday. Good Friday that takes place two days before Easter Sunday is also a public holiday in most countries, and in twelve states in the U.S.
Even in the states where Good Friday isn’t a holiday, several financial institutions, public schools, and stock markets remain closed. Few banks which are always open on regular Sundays also remain closed on Easter.
The position of Easter in the calendar and its symbolism links it to the Jewish Passover. In most languages, the words for “Passover” and “Easter” are very similar or identical.
Easter customs differ across the Christian world and embrace sunrise services, exclaiming the clipping the church, Paschal greeting, and decorating Easter eggs (the symbols of the empty tomb).
Easter lily, a symbol of resurrection, traditionally adorns the chancel area of the churches on this day and for the rest of the Eastertide. The Easter Bunny, egg hunting, and Easter parades are some of the extra customs associated with Easter and both Christians, and some non-Christians follows them. Also, there are different traditional Easter foods which vary based on regions.
Easter is known to be the Sunday which marks the end of Holy Week, an occasion which commemorates the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s mainly influenced by the Christian faith as it reminds Christians to remember the sacrifice of the Son of God. Here are some interesting facts about Easter Sunday:
1. The Holy Week is the celebrated during the week before Easter. It starts on Palm Sunday, goes on to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then eventually, Easter Sunday.
2. Americans spend 1.9 billion dollars on Easter candy. That is the second greatest candy holiday after the Halloween.
3. In 2011, Tosca (Italy) constructed the tallest and the largest chocolate Easter egg. At 10.39 meters in height and 7,200 kilograms in weight, it was heavier than an elephant and taller than a giraffe!
4. In the eighteen century, some individuals in the United States started practicing the Easter Bunny tradition. It’s believed to have originated in Europe where it was the Easter Hare. Other common Easter traditions include having Easter egg hunts, making Easter baskets and wearing Easter bonnets.
5. The Western and Eastern Christians celebrate Easter at different times. That is because the dates for the Easter in Eastern Christianity are set based on Julian Calendar.
6. The White House always hosts an Easter Egg Roll event on the front lawn every year. In 1878, President Rutherford Hayes started this tradition.
7. Currently, half of the states in the US prohibits the practice of dyeing chicks for Easter. But, Florida recently overruled the 45-year-old law of stopping the death of animals.
8. In the Netherlands, both Easter Monday and Easter Sunday are national holidays. Like first and second Christmas Day, they’re both considered Sundays that results in a first and a second Easter Sunday. After which the week continues to a Tuesday. While Good Friday is an official national holiday, it isn’t an obligatory day off for the commercial companies.
9. In the US, because Easter falls on a Sunday that’s already a non-working day for the state as well as federal employees, it hasn’t been designated as a state or federal holiday.

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