Easter and Passover
History, lore, customs, and fascinating trivia
More Holiday Fun
Learn how the celebration of Easter and Passover began, including the religious background, and how both holidays are celebrated today. Quiz yourself on Easter candy, Passover Seder, and more holiday fun. Plus, read related materials about Mardi Gras, Lent, and spring.
A Morass of Movable Feasts
A quick guide to the dates of Passover and Easter
Origins of Easter
Brief history of the spring holiday
A Tale of Two Easters
Why one faith and two celebrations?
Easter Around the World
From witches to detectives, Easter traditions vary
The chief Christian feast commemorating the resurrection of Jesus
Sweet Easter Facts
Do we really consume 7.1 billion pounds of Easter candy?
Easter Treats Quiz
What were one of the earliest Easter treats, made by European monks and given to the poor during Lent?
What does Mardi Gras have to do with Easter?
The most glorious Easter eggs of all
Celebration of the Exodus
In Judaism, one of the most important and elaborate of religious festivals
Why is there a Seder on Passover?
Feast Without the Yeast
Why are some foods kosher and others not?
Holidays, history, beliefs, culture, and more
Branches of Judaism
Jewish traditions from Ashkenazic to Zionist
Dates of major Jewish holidays through 2015
Months and number of days in the Jewish year
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