By Zoe Samuel on April 12, 2018
Easter is the story of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, marking the culmination of his 33 years on the Earth and - in Christian theology - the fulfillment of a number of major prophecies concerning the redemption of mankind.
Easter is, in fact, a hybrid of earlier faiths' festivals. It is primarily an evolution of Passover, the Jewish festival marking the Exodus from Egypt as well as the arrival of spring and a hopeful time of rebirth and new opportunity. There are also some pagan elements that go back to festivals concerning the worship of a mother goddess figure (often a virgin) such as Ishtar or Freya, who would be honored with the coming of spring and new life.
Easter also has a variety of traditions associated with it that are gleefully co-opted from a commercial point of view, from bunnies to chocolate eggs to hot cross buns. It also marks the end of Lent, a period of mourning and reflection marked by sacrifice.
Not too much of this is actually in the Biblical story of Easter, though. The story is pretty factual and certainly involves zero chocolate eggs. So let's find out how much of that original story you remember.