Celebrate the festive spring holiday Easter by taking this quiz, which will set you straight on when it is observed, why it exists and — most importantly — which flavor jelly bean everyone is going to try to steal from your Easter basket.
Let's start off with a basic question. What does Easter celebrate?
What holy period ends with Easter?
What is Lent?
40 days when Catholics can't drink alcohol
40 days of religious observance
40 days where Christians can't eat meat
What is a Paschal greeting?
the first words at an Easter Mass
the exclamation "hallelujah!"
a customary Easter greeting in some Christian cultures
How is the date of Easter determined?
It's the first Sunday in April.
It's based on the lunisolar calendar.
It's the Sunday before equinox.
The lunisolar calculations are based on what calendar?
The Wednesday before Easter is sometimes called …
Maundy Thursday takes place when?
the Thursday before Easter
the Thursday after Easter
What does "Maundy" refer to?
Jesus washing his disciples' feet
Easter is also called Pasch, which shares a common root with what other religious holiday?
Why do Passover and Easter have the same name in lots of languages?
Early Christians centered the holiday around the Hebrew calendar.
It's just way easier to have the same name.
Passover and Easter both mean "holiday" in Latin.
Some people interpret what event as a Passover celebration?
eating chocolate rabbits
searching for Easter eggs
the Last Supper
An English tradition around Easter is "clipping the church." What does it entail?
the congregation gathering around the church in a circle holding hands
washing the church's windows
Why is the Friday before Easter called "Good Friday"?
"Good" used to mean "bad."
because it's good Lent is almost over
probably because "good" meant "holy" at one point
Don't try to buy booze on Good Friday in what booze-loving country?
What baked good is traditionally eaten on Easter?
hot cross buns
What book in the Bible refers to the Easter bunny?
Who is Eostre?
the goddess Easter was probably named for
the goddess whose pagan festival eventually became Easter
the (not entirely factual) goddess that the Internet claims was the basis for Easter
Where did rabbits first become associated with Easter?
Protestant parts of Europe
the United States
What creature brings Easter eggs in Switzerland?
Why did decorating eggs become an Easter tradition?
It supposedly warded off salmonella in raw eggs.
to show joy at new beginnings
to designate eggs laid during Holy Week
What president hosted the first Egg Roll on the White House lawn?
President Rutherford B. Hayes
President Andrew Jackson
President James Madison
Where were eggs supposedly rolled before the White House opened its gates to the practice?
the National Mall
the Smithsonian Institution
Why is lamb a traditional Easter dinner?
Jesus' role as the "lamb of God"
the "sacrificial lamb" of Scripture
What is a name for the Tuesday before Lent begins?
When were the earliest chocolate eggs made?
the early 19th century
When did the first Cadbury Creme Eggs appear on the scene?
In a move that outraged the British, Cadbury Creme Eggs went through what change in 2015?
A different chocolate is used.
The "yolk" color changed from orange to yellow.