Easter, celebrated in the spring of every year in the Western world, has a great deal of trivia and interesting facts associated with it. Some are historical, some religious, and some just plain fun. Countries all over the world have their own traditions, food, and special holiday fun. In this article, you will find Easter trivia questions (some with answers), interesting Bible trivia, and Easter trivia facts. Use our lists for parties, to challenge your friends, and to learn more about this interesting celebration for yourself.
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Easter Trivia Facts
There are many interesting and fun facts about Easter. Some are common knowledge and others more obscure. Knowing this list of trivia facts will help answer Easter trivia questions, amaze your friends, and add to your knowledge of this interesting celebration.
- After Halloween, Easter is the top-selling candy holiday.
- Easter always occurs between March 22 and April 25.
- Easter is a “movable feast” – one that is set according to the phases of the moon – so the dates are different each year.
- It is believed by some that Easter was named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eastre, whose symbols were the egg and the hare (rabbit).
- More than 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are manufactured each year.
- The most famous Easter parade is held in New York.
- The first Easter eggs were colored red, in memory of the blood Jesus shed during his crucifixion.
- As of the writing of this article, the largest chocolate Easter Egg was created in Tosca (Italy). It weighed 15,873 lbs., 4.48 oz., and had a circumference of 64 ft., 3.65 in. at its widest point.
- In the 13th century, the church prohibited the eating of eggs during Holy Week. Marking the eggs laid during the week began the custom of decorating eggs.
- In Britain, certain foods are associated with the celebration of Easter:
- Hot Cross Buns, a Good Friday treat, contain raisins or currants and then topped by a glazed icing cross.
- Roast lamb, the main dish at Jewish Passover, is the traditional meat for the main meal on Easter Day.
- Simnel, a fruit cake with marzipan (sugared almond paste) on top and 11 marzipan balls representing the 11 apostles (not Judas, who betrayed Christ), served at tea time.
- Easter biscuits or cakes, eaten on Easter Sunday, containing spices, currants, and grated lemon rind.
- In the United States, traditional Easter foods include ham, chicken, and lamb.
- It is believed that an Italian baker made the pretzel to look like arms crossed in prayer during the Passover season sometime between the 300s and the 600s.
- Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe more than three times.
- In some European countries, other animals—in Switzerland the cuckoo, in Westphalia the fox—brought the Easter eggs.
- Households spend on average $131 on Easter each year, with $14.7 billion spent totally.
Easter Trivia Questions and Answers
As with many popular celebrations, symbols, customs, and methods of celebrating have been added through the years. There are also different symbols and customs in different cultures and countries. Our Easter trivia questions and answers include the most common customs and information. See how well you can do, and test your friends and family as well. Answers follow each section of questions.
True or False
- The word “Easter” appears in the Old Testament in the Bible.
- A lamb is one of the symbols of Easter, as it was a sacrificial animal in the Old Testament.
- The rabbit is an ancient symbol of fertility.
- The egg represents “new life,” or the resurrection of Christ.
- The most popular American Easter candy is the chocolate bunny.
Answers: 1. False 2. True 3. True 4. True 5. False
- The Bible says that the apostle who betrayed Jesus killed himself. Who was he and how did he commit suicide?
- Judas; he hung himself
- Peter; he jumped off a cliff
- Matthew; he slit his wrists
- Noah; he drowned himself
- The second largest holiday for eating candy is Easter. Which is the first?
- The idea of the Easter bunny was originated in the 1700s in what country?
- The United States
- Great Britain
- The idea of the Easter bunny, which originated in Germany in the 1700s, was not a rabbit originally, but a:
- The most popular American Easter candy is:
- chocolate bunnies
- marshmallow peeps
- jelly beans
- chocolate, cream-filled eggs
- What flower is associated with Easter?
- Which animal is used in Australia instead of a rabbit? Why?
- The Romans, in an effort to mock Jesus, gave him a “crown” of what?
- How many gospels are in the Bible? Why are they important at Easter?
- What was the purpose of the Easter Act passed in 1928 by Parliament in the United Kingdom?
- make the Easter bunny the official animal for Easter
- declare chocolate the official candy for Easter
- establish a fixed date for Easter
- declare that Easter must be observed as a religious holiday
Answers: 1. Judas, he hung himself; 2. Halloween; 3. Germany; 4. hare; 5. Marshmallow peeps 6. lily, which is said to grow with its head down to honor Jesus 7. Bilby, with long ears and a mouse-like nose; in Australia, rabbits are not a popular animal, because they damage crops. 8. thorns 9. four, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; the “Easter Story” is in the gospels; 10. establish a fixed date for Easter
- What is the name of the Charlie Brown Easter Special?
- At the Last Supper, what food did Jesus liken to his body?
- Easter Island belongs to which South American country?
- How was Jesus fastened to the cross?
- Jesus prophesized that Peter would deny him how many times?
- What came first, Jesus’ crucifixion, the resurrection, or the Last Supper?
- The “Easter parade,” an American cultural event consisting of a festive strolling procession on Easter Sunday, is characterized by what item of clothing won by women?
- Which job did Zacchaeus hold in the Bible?
- When the soldiers came for Jesus, what wound did Peter inflict on the servant of the high priest?
- Who wrote the popular Easter hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”?
Answers: 1. “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown”; 2. bread; 3. Chile; 4. with nails through his hands and feet; 5. three; 6. The Last Supper; 7. hats; 8. tax collector; 9. cut off his right ear; 10. Charles Wesley
Easter Trivia Questions
- Which country has the tradition of eating hot cross buns at Easter?
- Who held the first egg roll on the White House lawn and in what year?
- What are two traditional Easter games?
- The custom of giving candy and chocolate for Easter first appeared during what historic age?
- The Easter sunrise service, a distinctive Protestant observance in North America, comes from what Biblical event?
- In the United States, what is the traditional Easter meat people eat?
- What colors are associated with Easter?
- How much did the world’s most expensive egg sell for and who made it?
- Where is the largest egg museum located and how many eggs are on display?
- When was the Cadbury candy company started?
Answers: 1. Great Britain; 2. Lucy Hayes, wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878; 3. the Easter egg hunt and egg rolling; 4. the Victorian age; 5. It is a reenactment of Mary Magdalene’s visit to Jesus’ tomb on the morning of his Resurrection; 6. ham; 7. purple and yellow; 8. 9.5 million U.S. dollars; the winter egg designed by Faberge; 9. Poland, the Easter Egg Museum has more than 1500 eggs from all over the world; 10. This second-largest confectionery brand in the world (Wrigley’s is first) was established in Birmingham, England in 1824 by John Cadbury and sold tea, coffee, and drinking chocolate.
Easter Bible Trivia
Very few people remember that Easter Sunday is the culmination of a season of religious celebration with its origin in the Old Testament. In the western world, Easter has become a celebration with bunnies, candy, and fun.
The religious observance begins with a 40-day period known as Lent. Characterized by many as a time to give up something, this period represents for them Jesus’ time of spending forty days in the wilderness, resisting the temptations of Satan. The Day before Lent is celebrated in some cultures as Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, a time of overindulgence before “fasting” – denying oneself a pleasurable food, activity, or item – is started. The week of Lent immediately preceding Easter is characterized by Maundy Thursday, remembering Christ’s Last Supper with His disciples; Good Friday, honoring the day of His crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, the remembrance of the time between the crucifixion and resurrection. Then some Christians observe Eastertide, the fifty days following Easter, including a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.
A lamb is associated with Easter for Biblical reasons. In Scripture, Jesus Christ is referred to as the “lamb of God” (John 1:29). In the Old Testament, a lamb was used as a sacrificial animal, foreshadowing the coming of the sacrifice of Jesus for the sins of the world.
Easter Bible Facts Questions and Answers
- Who made the statement, “Take ye him, and crucify him, for I find no fault in him.”?
- Mary Magdalene
- Some countries (Mexico, Spain, and Greece) have bonfires at Easter time. What is burned in these fires?
- crosses made out of straw
- effigies of Judas
- colored paper eggs
- a giant cloth Easter bunny
- What kind of cloth was used to wrap the body of Jesus?
- Jesus body was placed in a sepulcher and a rock was rolled to cover the opening. What is a sepulcher?
- a large pottery urn
- a wooden coffin
- a cave-like tomb
- a hole in dug in the ground
- How many angels were guarding the sepulcher?
- Which disciple is not present when Jesus goes to see them after his resurrection?
- Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. After his crucifixion, Jesus rose from the dead how many days later?
- Which prisoner was released instead of Jesus?
- What was the name of the hill where they crucified Jesus?
- What animal did Jesus ride on when he entered Jerusalem the week before his death?
- a camel
- a horse
- none, he walked
- a donkey
- Pontius Pilate, after which he washed his hands as a sign that he was not responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus;
- effigies of Judas;
- a cave-like tomb;
- two, one where the head of Jesus had been and one at the feet (John 20:12);
- Thomas, who is told by the disciples that Jesus rose from the grave;
- a donkey
Easter baskets, bunnies, colored eggs, and special foods – ham, hot cross buns, and candy – add to the fun of celebrating this religious and traditional holiday each year. Easter traditions combine the German “Osterhase,” an egg-laying hare, colorful baskets, carrots left for the bunnies, and the love of candy into a special celebration people all over the world enjoy. Use our questions, quizzes, and trivia to add to your holiday fun.
Susan majored in English with a double minor in Humanities and Business at Arizona State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University. She taught grades four through twelve in both public and private schools. Subjects included English, U.S. and world history and geography, math, earth and physical science, Bible, information technologies, and creative writing.
Susan has been freelance writing for over ten years, during which time she has written and edited books, newspaper articles, biographies, book reviews, guidelines, neighborhood descriptions for realtors, Power Point presentations, resumes, and numerous other projects.