Why is easter called easter?
The fact of the matter is no one knowsfor sure, but our best bet comes from Bede ("The Venerable"), a late-seventh-century historian and scholar fromAnglo-Saxon England. He says Easter's name comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, associated with spring and fertility, and celebrated around the vernal equinox. So there you go. As Christmas was moved to coincide with (and supplant) the pagan celebration of winter, Easter was likely moved to coincide and replace the pagan celebration of spring.
And while we're at it, the Easter Bunny comes from these pagan rites of spring as well, but more from pagan Germany thanpagan Britain. Eighteenth-century German settlers brought "Oschter Haws" (never knew he had a name, did you?) to America, where Pennsylvania Dutch settlers prepared nests for him in the garden or barn. On Easter Eve, the rabbit laid his colored eggs in the nests in payment. In Germany, old Oschter lays red eggs on Maundy Thursday. If anyone knows why children in an agrarian society would believe a rabbit lays eggs, please tell us or a historian near you. We're all dying to know.
How is the date of Easter determined and why does it change every year?
Have you ever wondered why Easter Sunday can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25?
At the heart of the matter lies a very simple explanation. Easter is a movable feast because the earliest believers in the church of Asia Minor wished to keep the observance of Easter correlated to the Jewish Passover. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Passover, so followers wanted Easter to always be celebrated subsequent to the Passover.
And, since the Jewish holiday calendar is based on solar and lunar cycles, each feast day is movable, with dates shifting from year to year.
Why do we have Easter eggs?
A lot of us may chomp on chocolate eggs at Easter, but originally eating eggs was not allowed by the church during the week leading up to Easter (known as Holy Week).
So any eggs laid that week were saved and decorated to make them 'Holy Week eggs', then given to children as gifts.
Victorians adapted the tradition with satin covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts.
Why are Easter eggs made of chocolate?
The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th century but were bitter and hard.
As chocolate-making techniques improved, hollow eggs like the ones we have today were developed.
They very quickly became popular and remain popular today.
What's the Easter Bunny then?
The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th century.
Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life.
Legend has it that the Easter bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.
He doesn't do all the work alone though. In Switzerland, Easter eggs are delivered by a cuckoo, and by a fox in parts of Germany.
That is it guys! I hope you all greatly enjoy this holiday, regardless of your religion!