Soul’s Code Spiritual IQ Quiz: How Pagan is Easter?

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Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, the resurrection of Christ: How much do you know about the sacred origins of Easter?

Easter is the very centerpiece of the entire Christian enterprise, and the crucifixion of Christ is the distinctive fork we too in the road away from its parent faith, Judaism. Each spring, Easter climaxes during Holy Week with hundreds of thousands of church-goers coalescing in solemn operatic ceremonies to hold the Three Great Days: Good Friday (the crucifixion), The Great Vigil of Easter (Saturday night), and on the 3rd day, Easter Sunday celebrates the miraculous ressurection of our savior, christ the redeemer.

But most Americans take in Easter not as a solemn pilgrimmage but as a chance to bust out with vacations to Vegas, Florida Spring Break and Girls Gone Wild t-shirt contests.

But we have a secret: Easter, in fact arose from pagan spring celebrations.

We’ll test you on the ancient origins of why pagans created colored easter eggs, the easter bunny and chocolate rabbits.

Test your knowledge of the spiritual side of Easter here in our Soul’s Code Quizz by clicking on the radio buttons below in the multiple choice questions:

1. According to the Bible, Lent lasts for 40 days because Jesus fasted and was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days. However, Lent is actually 46 days long, why?





easter-bread 2. The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that predates Christian celebrations of Easter by centuries. However, according to Eastern Christianity, Easter eggs were dyed bright red to symbolize the spilled blood of Christ and the promise of eternal life. Why are the eggs are traditionally are cracked open in unison during the feast?





3. The egg was a symbol of what in most cultures?





easter_bunnies4. The Easter Bunny is not a modern invention. The symbol originated with the pagan festival of which goddess?





5. For several centuries, Easter was celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In 325 A.D., the Council of Nicaea was convened by emperor Constantine to determine that Easter shall be celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. Which of the following is the name of this decree?





6. Under the rule set by the Council of Nicaea, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22nd and... ?





chocolate_easter_bunnies17. In the early 1800s, the first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany and were made of what?







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