Easter is Sunday, April 16th, 2017
- All About Easter: Unlike most
holidays, Easter doesn't have a set date every year. This holiday is
anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year.
- The History of Easter: Christians
believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross on a Friday many years ago,
known as Good Friday. On the following Sunday, He rose from the dead
and this showed that Jesus was the son of God. This day became known as
Easter.The word "Easter"
originated from the word "east", which is the direction of the rising sun.
- Easter Traditions Around the World:
- Children in Scandinavian
countries go begging in the streets with sooty faces and scarves aroung
their heads, carrying broomsticks, coffeepots, and bunches of willow
twigs. In some parts of Western Finland, people burn bonfires on Easter
Sunday, a Nordic tradition stemming from the belief that the flames
ward off witches who fly around on brooms between Good Friday and
- Pouring water
on one another is a Polish Easter tradition called Smingus-Dyngus. On
Easter Monday, boys try to drench people with buckets of water, squirt
guns or anything they can get their hands on. Legend says girls who get
soaked will marry within the year. The refreshing tradition has its
orgins in the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko on Easter Monday in 966
year a giant omelet is served up in the town's main square. The omelet
uses more than 45,000 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people. The story
goes, when Napoleon and his army were traveling through the south of
France, they stopped in a small town and ate omelets. Napoleon liked
his so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather their eggs and
make a giant omelet for his army the next day.
the morning of Holy Saterday, the traditional "Pot Throwing" takes
place on the Greek island of Corfu: People throw pots, pans, and other
earthenwear out of their windows, smashing them on the street. Some say
the custom derives from the Venetians, who on New Years Day use to
throw out all of there old items. Others believe the throwing of the
pots welcomes spring, symbolizing the new crops that will be gathering
in the new pots.
is a popular time for Norwegians to read crime novels that publishers
actually came out with special "Easter Thrillers" called Paaakekrimmen. The tradition is
said to have started in 1923 when a book publisher promoted its new
crime novel on the front pages of newspapers. The ads resembled news so
much that people didn't know it was a publicity stunt.
Holy Thursday in the Medieval town of Verges, Spain, the traditional
"Dansa De La Mort" or "Death Dance" is performed. To reenact scence
from the Passion, everyone dresses in skeleton costumes and parades
through the streets. The procession ends frightening skeletons carrying
boxes of ashes. The macabre dance begins at midnight and continues for
three hours into the early morning.
130 years, the White House has hosted the Easter Egg Roll on its South
Lawn. The main activity involves rolling a colored hard boiled egg with
a large serving spoon, but now the event boasts mant more amusements,
like musical groups, an egg hunt, sports and crafts.