Egg-cellent Easter Facts

Egg-cellent Easter Facts

Kristi Seto, Staff Writer

This year, Easter Sunday is on April 20th. Here are some egg-cellent facts.

·       Red eggs used to be given to children on Easter Sunday to protect against bad luck throughout the year.

·       In some countries, priests will wash the church-goers feet on Maundy Thursday.

·       In the Middle Ages, it was believed that doing laundry on Good Friday would bring bad luck.

·       The Easter Bunny who hides colorful eggs on Easter day originated in Germany.

·       In Australia, rabbits are considered pests because of the damage they do to the land. Instead of the rabbit being the symbol of Easter, they prefer the bilby. (Think nocturnal rabbit-aardvark-mole with a pouch).

·       The name, Easter, came from a pagan goddess neamed Eostre/Eostur/Eastar/Ostara/Ostar.

·       In Britain, Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day.

·       The Easter Bunny was introduced to America during the Civil War.

·       Easter Island is called Easter Island because the first European landing on it was Easter Day in 1722.

·       The world’s largest Easter egg (or pysanka) is in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada. It is 9.4 meters high, 7 meters long, and 5.5 meters wide and weighs 2270 kilograms. (Or 30.8 feet high, 23 feet long, and 18 feet wide and 5004.5 pounds).