Easter is a time of contemplation and worship, and a time for eating chocolate bunnies and hunting colorful eggs.
For Christians, the holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which, according to the New Testament of the Bible, occurred three days after he was crucified. Long before it became a Christian holy day, though, Easter was a pagan tradition celebrating the arrival of spring — a time of renewal and fertility.
Like Christmas, Easter has for centuries been celebrated by Christians, pagans and secularists alike. Your traditions may include dyeing and hunting eggs, attending a sunrise church service and enjoying a hearty meal with family and friends.
Gather your family and have a little fun taking this quiz, which runs the gamut from serious religious questions to tasty trivia about sugary sweets.
And however you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a happy, meaningful holiday.
After you take the quiz, scroll down and read further explanation about the answers.
1. D, Hare. While both the rabbit and the hare belong to the Lagomorpha order of mammals, they are different creatures. For starters, hares typically have longer, stronger hind legs.
2. A, Rutherford B. Hayes. The egg is associated with Easter because of pagan festivals celebrating spring, and because many Christians view the egg as symbolic of Jesus’ resurrection and emergence from the tomb.
3. B, Passover. Typically celebrated before Easter, Passover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery.
4. D, Mary Magdalene. The Gospel of Mathew (NIV) also refers to “the other Mary” seeing Jesus at the same time as Mary Magdalene, but the other Mary is not the mother of Jesus.
5. C, Farmer. Ancient farmers would take baskets of seedlings to temples to celebrate spring and pray to the various gods for fertile fields.
7. D, 500 million. About two-thirds of those are consumed in the U.K.
6. C, The number of days Jesus fasted in the wilderness. According to the Bible, Jesus fasted 40 days and nights in the Judean Desert after his baptism, all the while staving off temptation by Satan.
8. C, Moveable. This is because Easter can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25. According to time.com, Easter is observed on the “first Sunday after the ‘Pascal Full Moon’ (the first full moon of spring) following the spring equinox.”
9. C, Yellow. Produced by the Just Born candy company, Peeps are made from sugar, corn syrup, gelatin and various food dyes. Baby chicks followed by bunnies are the most popular shapes.
10. B, “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.” Less beloved than such perennial classics as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” the Peanuts Easter special co-opted the plot of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” with Linus anxiously waiting for the Easter Beagle to distribute painted eggs.
11. C, Peter Lawford. He performs “A Fella With an Umbrella” with Garland.
12. B, Gene Autry. Composed in 1949 by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” was first recorded by Mervin Shiner, but Autry’s version is more ubiquitous.
13. A, Cherry. If you lined up all the Easter jelly beans end to end, they would circle the globe almost three times.
14. B, John. Those who grew up in church and had to memorize the “Books of the Bible Song” likely got this one right: “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Acts and the Letters to the Romans … .”
15. B, When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the Bible says, his followers covered the road in palm leaves. According to Scripture, they also spread their garments on the road.
Sources: imbd.com, history.com, time.com, cnn.com www.infoplease.com, the Bible (New International Version)