Easter is a Christian festival and holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This happened on the third day after he was buried. Holy Week is celebrated the week leading up to Easter. Easter Sunday was on April 4th this year.
Easter eggs date way back before Easter. Evidence suggests they began in Medieval Europe.
Easter baskets represent nests and new life, especially when they are filled with Easter eggs. Traditionally, children would make nests for the Easter bunny to leave its eggs in.
Easter was named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre. Easter was named after a festival celebrating Eostre and the coming of spring.
There are some theories as to why people dye eggs. The colouring of eggs in brilliant colours helps usher in spring. Eggs are dyed to represent the blood of Jesus Christ. The art of dyeing eggs originated in Ukraine and is called pysanka. Pysanka involved pouring melted wax onto the eggs.
The idea of the Easter bunny giving candies and eggs started in Germany during the Middle Ages. The first mention of this tradition dates to the 16th century. The first story of the Easter Bunny hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680.
Giving eggs is a symbol of rebirth and new life in many cultures.
500 million Creme Eggs are made every year in the Bournville factory in Birmingham, England.
Pretzels used to be consumed at Easter because the Pretzel looks like a person whose arms were crossed in a prayer.
The world’s largest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in April 2011, measuring 34 feet and 1.05 inches in length, and weighed approximately 15,873 pounds.
In the mid-1800s in New York, people believed that buying new clothes to wear on Easter would bring them good luck for the rest of the year
In 1933, composer Irving Berlin introduced the Easter Bonnet into American pop culture with his ballad “Easter Parade.”
76% people eat the ears of a chocolate bunny first, followed by 5% who eat the feet first, and 4% who eat the tail first
Easter is the second biggest candy-consuming holiday (after Halloween)
“There are only two kinds of people in the world, “The Irish and those who wish they were.” – Irish saying
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th each year. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.T\ March 17th is the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. By the time of his death, St.Patrick had established monasteries, churches, and schools. St. Patrick was born in Britain, kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave when he was 16. He eventually escaped and returned to Ireland. Saint Patrick trained as a priest and brought Christianity to Ireland. One of the most well-known legends of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of the shamrock ☘️ It is believed that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. However, evidence suggests there never were any snakes in Ireland (?). Serpents are a symbol of evil. The and it is believed that the legend refers to and the driving out is a reference to Patrick’s mission to rid Ireland of pagan – or non-Christian- influence.
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Irish emigrants in the United States originally transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a large celebration of all things Irish. Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants staged the most extensive celebrations and held elaborate parades.
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in America. Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, not just in Ireland but also in the United States, Canada and Australia. In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a religious day.
The Leprechaun is an icon of St. Patrick’s Day. Belief in leprechauns stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who had magical powers.
Many people wear the colour green on St. Patrick’s Day, symbolising nationalism. Blue was originally the colour associated with Ireland. An American tradition says that wearing green was supposed to make you invisible to leprechauns (they would pinch anyone they could see not wearing green).
The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizing Irish nationalism, orange symbolizing the Orangemen of the north and the white symbolizing peace.