Easter Facts

How much do you know about the history and traditions behind the original religious observance? Test yourself with these ten questions.

Points available: 10


What is burned to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday?

  • A) Palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday
  • B) Cedar wood
  • C) Slips of paper on which prayers have been written
  • D) Scraps of fabic

On which of these days is it traditional to make and serve pancakes?

  • A) Ash Wednesday
  • B) Good Friday
  • C) Maundy Thursday
  • D) Shrove Tuesday

According to the Bible, who helped Jesus carry the cross?

  • A) Simon of Cyrene
  • B) Simon the Zealot
  • C) Joseph of Arimathea
  • D) Saul of Tarsus

What color was the cloak Jesus wore on the way to the cross?

  • A) Green
  • B) Black
  • C) White
  • D) Purple

Who rolled away the stone from the front of Jesus' grave?

  • A) Joseph of Arimathea
  • B) A gardener
  • C) An angel
  • D) A soldier

In the Greek Orthodox tradition, what are you supposed to do with Easter eggs dyed red for good luck?

  • A) Sleep with one at the foot of your bed
  • B) Crack them against someone else's
  • C) Place a row of them near your front door
  • D) Throw them out the back door of the church

Where did Easter Island get its name?

  • A) It was the farthest east of any of the islands visited in that journey
  • B) It was discovered on Easter Sunday
  • C) It was named by the Pope
  • D) The native name for it was pronounced similarly to "Easter"

What does Palm Sunday celebrate?

  • A) The arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem
  • B) The link between the Eastern and Western Easter celebrations
  • C) The commemoration of the Last Supper
  • D) The council of Nice dictating that Easter must fall on a Sunday

Which of these isn't a reason Orthodox Easter often falls on a different date from the Western celebration of Easter?

  • A) The Orthodox Church always make sure Easter is after Passover
  • B) The two churches usually observe the vernal equinox on different days
  • C) When the two churches separated, they refused to celebrate on the same day
  • D) One is calculated by the Gregorian calendar, and the other by the Julian

What is celebrated forty days after Easter Sunday?

  • A) The Ascension
  • B) Pentecost
  • C) All Souls' Day
  • D) The Assumption