Easter Trivia

Easter Trivia

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Courtesy of About.com and Funtrivia.com * At MaundyThursday church services in some countries, priests will perform the task ofwashing the feet of the Church go-ers in remembrance of what Jesus did at theLast Supper * In someEuropean countries, it is traditional to have large bonfires on Easter Eve.Some countries keep the tradition of “Judas fires” where effigies ofJudas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Christ to his enemies, are burned. {{more}} * Thetradition of the Easter Bunny, a rabbit who lays colored eggs for children tofind Easter morning, began in Germany. * In theMiddle Ages, it was believed that certain activities should never be performedon Good Friday as they would bring bad luck. Doing laundry on Good Friday wassaid to be unlucky because Christ cursed Good Friday washing after he wasslapped in the face by a wet garment while being led to his crucifixion. It wasbelieved that clothes washed on Good Friday would never come clean or wouldcome out spotted with blood. * In somecountries, Shrove Tuesday is celebrated by preparing a particular dish madewith ingredients that Christians are not allowed to consume during Lent. Sinceit was forbidden to eat eggs and milk during Lent, people would celebrate MardiGras by using up their stores of thesefoods to make pancakes. * In England,hot cross buns are traditional fare on Good Friday. In the Middle Ages, it wasbelieved that breads and buns baked on Good Friday would never go moldy, andbuns baked on this date possessed certain magical properties. Hot cross bunsbaked on Good Friday were believed to protect against fire, misfortune, andshipwreck as well as keeping rats from getting in the grain. People alsobelieved that they possessed curative properties, and would grate them into afine powder to mix with milk or water to relieve stomach ailments. * Though thenumber of days has varied over time, today, technically, there are 44 days inthe Lenten season, which officially begins on Ash Wednesday and runs untilMaundy Thursday. But, since the Roman Catholic Church forbids fasting and otheracts of penance on Sundays, the six Sundays are not included in the count,making a total of 38 days of fasting and penance. Add Good Friday and Holy Saturdayand you end up with a total of 40 days. * Hard-boiledeggs were dyed red in memory of Christ’s blood, and then were given to childrento be kept as a talisman for good health. * InAustralia, rabbits are viewed as pests because of the extensive damage theyhave caused to land, crops and vegetation. Australians prefer to use anotheranimal which is native to the continent as a symbol of Easter: The Bilby. * The termEaster, which is never mentioned in the Bible, comes from the name of the pagangoddess of spring and fertility known as Eostre, Eostur, Eastar, Ostara, orOstar. * In theMiddle Ages in England, servants were given the day off on Mothering Sunday,the fourth Sunday of Lent. Many of them would return home on that day to visittheir mothers. It was the tradition at the time for servant girls to prepare Simnelcakes to bring along as a gift.* The message on the cross was written in Latin Greekand Hebrew. Pilate wanted everyone to able to read it. “Jesus of Nazareth, Kingof the Jews” was written above Jesus’ head on the cross.