Easter is a truly meaningful day that celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection and the end of Lent. However, you may be wondering how bunnies and eggs came to be associated with this religious holiday. Well, brace yourself for these Easter facts that we've gathered for you.
1. Easter is typically set on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. This means that the holiday is not set on a fixed date, but it usually falls on either the month of March or May.
2. Easter started as a pagan holiday; that's why there are many aspects of this celebration with pagan roots.
3. According to an eighth century book written by Bede, Easter was named after an Anglo-Saxon goddess. Eostre, also sometimes spelled "Eastre", was the goddess of spring and fertility.
4. Since the deity Eostre represented fertility, bunnies were easily associated with her due to their high reproduction rate.
5. Eggs, and specifically their hatching, symbolize "spring" or "new life". This makes eggs a more fitting Easter symbol due to the resurrection of Jesus.
6. The annual White House Easter Egg Roll was created by President Rutherford B. Hayes. This year will be the 140th time that the First Family will be celebrating this timeless tradition.
7. Back in the day, there used to be pretzel hunts instead of egg hunts. Don't the pretzel twists remind you of arms crossed in prayer?
It's very amusing to learn new information about things we have already grown accustomed to. These lesser known facts can sometimes bring new perspective and meaning. Don't you think that's wonderful?