23 Things About Easter They Definitely Should Have Taught You In Sunday School.
Easter is a holiday we may not know a lot about outside of the Biblical sense. For most of us, the extent of our knowledge with this celebration is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, or the more pop culture adaptation involving the Easter bunny.
The reality is, this holiday dates back hundreds if not thousands of years to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The bunny, for example, represents life and fertility in many cultures. Even the tradition of painting Easter eggs, originating in Germany, is still widely practised and not just in Germany for that matter.
Furthermore, the belief of the Son of God rising from the dead is also an ancient belief that dates back over four thousands years, prior to Christianity. Regardless of your beliefs there is no denying there are stories behind the holiday that many people do not know about. This was an eye opening experience for me as well.
#1. Easter is a goddess.
The goddess of fertility, spring, life appears in Greek mythology as Persephone. She was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the goddess of harvest. Persephone was abducted by Hades, the god of the underworld. She lived underground for six months but returns to bring spring and its harvest.
#2. Crave an omelette?
This Easter Monday as with every other, the town of Haux, France will cook over 4,500 eggs with bacon and onions for an enormous omelette. This is not necessarily a religious tradition. Napoleon Bonaparte was so impressed by an omelette served that he ordered for the whole town to be cooked and served the same dish.
#3. Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras has been a celebration happening for thousands of years. Within Christianity the festivities evolved to binge eating, partying prior to Lent. Mardi Gras comes from the French phrase 'fat Tuesday.'
#4. Peep, peep.
Enough Peeps marshmallows are made annually that the treats can circle earth twice.
#5. Decorating eggs
Easter eggs date back to pagan traditions celebrating spring. In Christianity, it represents new beginnings, new faith. During Lent, eggs were not allowed to eat. Many believe people began to paint them elaborately to prepare for the end of fasting as part of the celebration.
#6. Taking egg coloring to the next level.
The Ukranian Pysanka eggs take quite the labor of love to prepare. It goes thru various color dyes with wax patterns applied.
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