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Easter quiz: the answers

There's a lot you probably don't know about Easter and its traditions.
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1. d. Spring. Easter is, of course, celebrated in Spring for countries in the Northern Hemisphere and legend has it that Eostre returned to the Earth after winter to bring light and warmth for Spring so the ancient Greeks held a festival to welcome her.

2. c. Third. The day Jesus was crucified is now remembered as Good Friday. He rose two days later, which is now known as Easter Sunday.

easter3-020415-newdaily3. a. Mary Magdalene. Many, including most of the disciples, saw Jesus on the day of resurrection but it was Mary who first spoke to him after his tomb (originally prepared by Joseph Arimathea) had been discovered without his body.

4. b. March 22. Easter falls on the first Sunday after the Equinox. The last time it fell on March 22 was in 1818. It fell on March 23 in 2008.

5. d. All of the above. The fifth day of the holy week, commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, can also be known as Great and Holy Thursday, Covenent Thursday or Thursday of Mysteries.

6. a. Thomas. The raised finger could represent many things including that after Jesus had announced that one disciple had betrayed him that this was a threatening gesture to Thomas or that he is the one accused and is claiming innocence.

7. a. Meat. People often query as to why fish is traditionally eaten on Good Friday but most things can be consumed except meat on Fridays of the Lenten season.

8. b. The empty tomb of Jesus. They can also represent a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth as well.

9. a. Red. They were dyed to represent the blood of Christ and the colour of victory. Cracking them represents the end of the old and the beginning of the new.

10. d. A traditional bread of Greek Easter. A rich yeast bread flavoured with orange and a spice called mahlab.

11. c. Germany. Germans believed that the Easter Bunny was a white hare that would leave colourful eggs for children. The first edible Easter bunnies, made of pastry and sugar, were also produced in Germany in the 19th century.

stations-020415-newdaily12. b. Around the walls of the church. The Stations of the Cross are 14 pictures representing events surrounding the death or Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

13. b. Pontius Pilate. A Roman governor and judge at Jesus’ trial, some Gospel accounts say Pontius Pilate found Jesus innocent but weakly and unfairly succumbed to Jewish authorities.

14. b. 40 days. It represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry and many religions fast during this period. Mostly, Sundays are excluded. If they were not it would be 46 days.

15. d. Introduced by an Anglican monk. There are many theories – the most popular being their introduction by an Anglican monk in the 12th century. He baked the buns and marked them with a cross honoring Jesus Christ.