1. The Name
The origins of the iconic Easter rabbit come from different traditions and religions. One theory revolves around the goddess Eostre who stumbled upon a dying bird in the snow which she turned into a hare so that it could be warm, fluffy and safe. The hare laid eggs which it decorated and gave them to Eostre for saving its life.
2. The Epitáphios Threnos
The Lamentation at the Tomb is a Greek Orthodox tradition that is being celebrated on Good Friday. It is also known as The Epithapios Threnos and it describes a funeral rite respecting the Death of Jesus Christ. The rite re-enacts His burial after Crucifixion.
3. Easter Tasty Ham
The theory behind the tasty Easter ham is rooted deep into Christianity. The legend says that Ishtar, a wicked queen, had a son named Tammuz who became a hunter. It all failed, as he was killed by a pig. The vengeful and spiteful Ishtar designated a Sunday on which pig meat was consumed.
4. Passion Plays
They are some of the oldest traditions revolving around Easter. In medieval times, a lot of folks couldn’t read, and plays were used to teach the masses about Jesus’ death and resurrection. Passion Plays began during the black plague, and they’re being performed ever since.
5. Coco-Nut Dancers of Britannia
The Britannia Coco-Nut Dancers also known as Nutters perform folk dances from one part of the town to the other, every Easter. Their faces are blackened, and this tradition might reside in medieval times when the faces of the participants were hidden, in order to stop evil spirits from recognizing them and getting their revenge.
6. Holy Week Festival
Semana Santa or the Holy Week is a festival held within cities across Spain. During this week before the Easter Sunday, you will find out that all stores and shops are closed and the whole city is metamorphosed. 55 different churches take part is this somber magnificent celebration.
7. Biggest Chocolate Easter Egg
The tallest chocolate Easter egg even created was made in 2011 in Italy, measuring 10.39 meters high, and weighing 7,200 kg. This means that the chocolate egg was much heavier than an elephant and also taller than a giraffe.
8. The Easter bunny giving eggs and candies might originate in Germany during the middle ages.
9. Buying a new outfit every Easter comes from an old superstition dating back in the mid-1800s in New York. It was believed that if you bought new clothes for Easter, this will surely bring you good luck for the whole year to come.
10. Throwing Eggs in a Church
Now, you wouldn’t ever dare to consider throwing eggs in a church, but if you lived in the middle ages, you’d play the game if you were a boy. The priests used to throw s hard-boiled egg in the church to a choir boy. After catching it, he then was supposed to continue tossing it around to his peers, and whoever was caught holding the egg when the clock struck 12, won the game and kept the egg.
11. Easter is the second largest candy-chewing holiday, just after Halloween.
12. Dyeing of the Chicks on Easter
Half of the states in USA have already banned the dyeing of the chicks on Easter. Florida, on the other hand, has recently overturned this law and it now stands for preventing the dyeing of all animals.
13. Easter Eggs Were Used as Birth Certificates
There was a time when Easter eggs were used as birth certificates. During the 19th century, there were lots of families who weren’t able to get to the closest town hall in order to file a birth certificate. An egg was instead accepted as an identification method. You just had to dye it and inscribe it with the newborn’s name and birth date. The practice was completely legal and accepted by authorities.