Facts & Figures About the Holiday of Easter
Did you know that religion historians believe that the holiday of Easter originated with the pagan festival of Eastre, a Saxon celebration of spring and fertility?
Did you know that thousands of Christian pilgrims converge on Jerusalem every year to celebrate the Holy Week of Easter?
Did you know that Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of painting ashes on the forehead as a sign of repentance?
Did you know that in Russia, Easter eggs are dyed on Holy Thursday?
Did you know that in Greece, children and adults alike play an egg cracking game called tsougrisma on Easter?
Did you know that Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon of the vernal equinox?
Did you know that the trumpet shape of the Easter Lily is considered symbolic of the heralding of Jesus on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem?
Did you know that 95 percent of the world’s Easter Lilies are produced by just ten growers along the California-Oregon border?
Did you now that Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday in many Orthodox churches?
Did you know that in many Catholic churches, Good Friday services begin at precisely 3 o’clock?
Did you know that Americans eat more candy at Easter than at any other holiday besides Halloween?
Did you know that the most popular Easter confection is Marshmallow Peeps?
Did you know that eating Easter candy is a relatively modern tradition?
Did you know that the most popular treat to hide inside an Easter egg is jellybeans?
Did you know that over one billion Easter eggs are hunted every year in America?
Did you know that ham is the most commonly served meat at Easter dinners in America?
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