Easter Trivia

Azalea, Begonia And Daffodil The azalea, begonia, and daffodil also hold special meaning. The azalea means take care of yourself for me. Those who receive begonias for Easter are urged to be ware, while those who receive daffodils can be assured that the sun is always shining on them.


Chrysanthemum The Chrysanthemum also holds a number of meanings,
depending on the color. White means truth; yellow means slighted love. In general, chrysanthemums mean that the recipient is a wonderful friend.


Commemorations Of Holy Week Mexican commemorations of Holy Week are also marked by Passion Plays, or the reenactment of the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgment, the Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. In some communities, the reenactment includes a real crucifixion.


Easter Bonnet And Basket The Easter bonnet began as a wreath of flowers or leaves, with the circle symbolizing the roundness of the sun. Meanwhile, the Easter basket did not become popular until the late 1800’s, when candy became more common, thanks to a growing number of small candy manufacturers.


Easter Candy Sales Easter is the secondtop season for buying candy. Only Halloween results in more candy sales. In the year 2000, residents of the U.S. spent nearly two billion dollars for Easter candy. The number one selling Easter candy in the U.S. is Reese’s peanut butter eggs.


Easter In Africa In African Easter celebrations, Christian hymns are accompanied by the beating of drums and Kigelegele, highpitched sounds made by women. The churches where the celebrations take place are decorated with clothes fashioned in the form of butterflies, flowers, and banana trees, among other things.


Easter In Australia In Australia, Easter breakfasts often consist of hot cross buns,while the main Easter meal of the day includes roast lamb, beef, or chicken with roasted vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and pumpkin.


Easter In Europe In Europe, the beginning of the Easter celebration is often marked with huge bonfires lit on hilltops and in church yards.These bonfires are also known as Judas fires because they often include burning effigies of Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus.


Easter In France The French refer to Easter as Paques, which begins with a solemn commemoration on Good Friday. As a sign of their mourning for Jesus, the French do not ring their church bells from Good Friday to Easter Sunday.


Easter In Germany In Germany, Ostern, or Easter, is possibly derived from Eostre, the name of the Anglo Saxon goddess of spring. On Easter Saturday, Germans celebrate with Easter bonfires, which are burnt as a symbol of the end of winter and an end to any bad feelings.


Easter In Italy Italians celebrate Easter as “La Pasqua.” Their pasqual feastincludes Agnellino, a roasted baby lamb which serves as a popular dish for Easter. Meanwhile, children are served a rich bread shaped like a crown and decorated with colored Easter egg candies.


Easter In Mexico In Mexico, the Easter celebration is observed in two parts: Semana Santa, or Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday and Pascua, which consists of the perioddddd between the Resurrection (Sunday) and the following Saturday.


Easter In Sweden The Swedish call Easter Paskdagen. In Sweden, the egg is a focal point of Easter food and games. Egg coloring parties and egg rolling contests are popular. In addition, Easter in Sweden is marked by the shooting of fireworks.


Easter In The Netherlands In the Netherlands, the Dutch call Easter Pasen or Pasen Zontag. People there decorate their Easter tables with colored eggs and flowers. One of the favorite dishes of
the Easter feast is a sweet bread stuffed with raisins and currant.


Easter Lillies Easter lilies are now the 4th largest crop in wholesale value in the U.S., outranked by poinsettias, mums, and azaleas, which hold the first, second, and third place honors. The states producing the highest number of potted Easter lilies are Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.


First White House Egg Roll In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes hosted the first White House Egg Roll on Easter Monday. The event has been held on the South Lawn each year, except during World Wars I and II, when the event was held at the National Zoo and other Washington venues.


History Of The White House Egg Roll The White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. has a colorful history. First Lady Dolley Madison first suggested the idea to her husband, President James Madison. The idea derived from the fact that Egyptian children use to roll colored eggs on the site of the Pyramids.


Hyacinths Hyacinths have a variety of meanings, depending on their shades.The purple conveys sorrow and regret; red or pink mean play; white comes with the promise that the giver will pray for you; yellow symbolizes jealousy.


Lillies And Tulips While all flowers signify love and friendship, Easter flowers have particular meaning. The white Lily symbolizes purity and majesty; the yellow means “I’m walking on air. The red tulip is a declaration of love, while the yellow tulip means there’s sunshine in your smile.


Polish Legend According to Polish legend, the Virgin Mary distributed eggs to the soldiers at the foot of the Cross. When her tears fell onto the eggs, the eggs became spotted with colors of brilliant hues. Another Polish legend states that, when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, she brought along a basket of eggs. When she uncovered them, she discovered that they had turned from white to a rainbow of colors. Chicago Poles today mark Easter with the Swieconka, or Blessing of the Baskets of food used for Easter.


The History Of The Easter Lily The U.S. owes a debt of gratitude to Louis Houghton, a World War I soldier who brought the Easter Lily to America. In 1919, he brought a suitcase of hybrid lily bulbs to the southern coast of Oregon, which he distributed to family and friends.


The Power Of The Egg Before the advent of Christianity, the egg was perceived to have special powers. For instance, French brides stepped on eggs before crossing the thresholds of their new homes; pregnant Roman women carried an egg to predict the sex of their unborn children; and eggs were buried under the foundations of buildings to keep evil at bay.


White House Easter Egg Roll Although it is known now as the White House Easter Roll, the event actually began on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The event had to be moved, however, when Congressmen grew tired of stepping on leftover eggs.


White House Eggs Autographed The eggs used in the White House Easter Egg Roll have been signed by a number of notable people, including the President and First Lady, athletes, astronauts, musicians, and celebrities.


World’s Most Famous Eggs Goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge is responsible for the world’s most famous decorated eggs. His first creation was an egg within an egg. The outside shell consisted of platinum and enameled white. Inside restedd an egg sporting a golden chicken and a jeweled replica of the Imperial crown.


World’s Most Famous Eggs Goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge is responsible for the world’s most famous decorated eggs. His first creation was an egg within an egg. The outside shell consisted of platinum and enameled white. Inside rested an egg sporting a golden chicken and a jeweled replica of the Imperial crown.