How Much Do You Recall About Easter?

Easter is one of the world’s major religious holidays. Many people look forward to the combination of Easter and the arrival of spring. Easter is a holiday based on the lunar cycle, so it occurs on a different day every year. But it usually falls sometime in late March or early April.

Spring in many cultures is marked by festivals and other celebrations to say farewell to the long, dark, cold winter. We look forward to the annual arrival of spring, as the leaves and flowers start to arrive, the rains come, and the days gradually get longer.

So, we have a challenge for you. We are going to quiz you on the history and traditions of Easter, as well as other celebrations of spring all over the world. You’ll really need to use your noggin on some of these challenging questions, so let’s see how you do!

Did you know?

The name “Easter” has many different origin stories, and the holiday is known by many different names.

“Easter” comes from the Old English word “Eostre,” which gets its origins from an old German word meaning, “dawn.” Another possibility for the name Easter has pagan roots. An Old English goddess by the name of Ostara is the goddess of the dawn.

In Greek and Latin, the holiday is known as Pascha, which is a variation of the Hebrew word for the Passover feast Pesach. In Polish, it’s something else entirely. The Polish term is “Wielkanoc,” which means “Great night,” and Easter Sunday specifically is called “Wielka Niedziela,” meaning “the Great Sunday.”

Many countries use some variation of Easter or Pascha in their naming, but in Hungarian, the word for Easter is “husvet,” which literally means, “taking the meat” (many practitioners refrain from eating meat during Lent). In Finnish, the word for Easter is Pääsiäinen, which means, “liberation.”

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