The name "Easter" is believed to have originated from the Old English word "ēastre," which refers to the pagan festival celebrating the arrival of spring and the goddess of fertility.
When Christianity spread to England, the term "Easter" was adopted to refer to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which takes place during the spring season.
Here are some other little-known facts about the holiday:
1. The date of Easter changes every year. It is calculated based on the lunar calendar, and falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox (around March 21st).
2. The Easter Bunny has its roots in Germanic pagan traditions. The rabbit was a symbol of fertility and new life, and was incorporated into Christian Easter celebrations.
3. Easter eggs also have pagan origins. Eggs were seen as a symbol of new life and fertility, and were often decorated and given as gifts during the spring festival.
4. The tradition of eating hot cross buns on Good Friday dates back to the 16th century. The buns are marked with a cross, representing the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
5. In some cultures, it is traditional to decorate Easter trees with eggs and other decorations.
6. In some parts of the world, it is customary to celebrate Easter Monday, the day after Easter Sunday, as a public holiday.
7. The largest Easter egg ever made was over 25 feet tall and weighed over 8,000 pounds. It was made in Italy in 2011.