1. Which of these events marks the beginning of spring in
the Northern Hemisphere?
a) Groundhog Day
b) Mardi Gras
c) The Vernal Equinox
d) Easter Sunday
Who wrote "In the Spring a young mans fancy lightly
turns to thoughts of love"?
b) T.S. Eliot
c) Alfred Lord Tennyson
d) Geoffrey Chaucer
Egypt's pyramids may get the most press, but they aren't
unique. Which country is home to the pyramid of Kulkulkan,
that was built with the solstices and equinoxes in mind?
What is a Passover Seder?
a) A ceremonial dinner
b) A pilgrimage
c) A religious service held in a synagogue
d) A dance
Which American candy-focused holiday is similar to a Swedish
Easter week tradition?
a) Valentine's Day
c) Mother's Day
d) Christmas Eve
Which Florida beach locale was a notoriously popular destination
for college students on spring break until the late 1980s?
a) Panama City Beach
b) Key West
c) South Beach
d) Fort Lauderdale
The traditional "Marshmallow Peeps" debuted in
1953. How long did it take to make a single "Peep"
way back then?
a) 15 Hours
b) 1 Hour
c) 27 Hours
e) 7 Hours
The movie "Easter Parade" (starring Fred Astaire
and Judy Garland) immortalizes the grand Easter Sunday stroll
down what famous street?
Avenue in Miami Beach
b) Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive
c) Paris' Champs Elysées
York's Fifth Avenue
Which ancient monument was built facing the sunrise of the
The Great Sphinx at Giza, Egypt
b) The Colossus of Rhodes
c) The Parthenon in Athens, Greece
d) The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
In the United States, wearing new clothes on Easter Sunday
is a popular tradition. Where does the tradition originate?
a) Milan's fashion week
b) Jesus' robes on Palm Sunday
c) Holy Saturday baptism rituals
d) Ancient pagan rituals
Easter in 2008 will be the earliest any of us will ever
see in our lifetime.
Periodically, the Internet undergoes a "Spring Cleaning,"
during which time users must disconnect or risk the deletion
of unused files.
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events marks the beginning of spring in the
c) The Vernal Equinox
... which usually occurs on March
20 or 21. Day and night are approximately 12
hours each and both hemispheres are at an equal
distance to the Sun. The Vernal
Equinox was also the day that the
pre-Christian Anglo-Saxons celebrated the festival
of Eastre, the Germanic goddess of spring
and fertility. Some traditions associated with
her celebration are a part of Easter today,
such as Easter-egg coloring and the bunny as
a symbol of fertility.
Who wrote "In the Spring a young mans
fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love"?
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) ...
English poet, often regarded as the chief
representative of the Victorian age in poetry,
wrote this phrase in his poem "Locksley
Tennyson succeeded Wordsworth as
Poet Laureate in 1850.
country is home to the pyramid of Kulkulkan?
Mexico's ... Pyramid
of Kulkulkan, also known as Quetzalcoatl,
the Serpent God, is in Chichen Itza, Mexico.
On the vernal equinox, when the sun is directly
overhead, a shadow of Quetzalcoatl's tail appears
briefly on the steps, leading down to the stone
head of the god at the bottom of the stairway.
What is a Passover Seder?
A ceremonial dinner ... a
Seder is held on the first two nights of the
eight-day observance of Passover. While many
Jewish holidays revolve around the synagogue,
Seder is conducted in the family
home. It is customary to invite friends and
other guests, especially strangers and the needy.
Which American holiday is similar to a Swedish
Easter week tradition?
style trick-or-treating ...
candy hunting begins Easter
week in Sweden ('Påsk').
Children dress up as påskkärringar,
or Easter witches, with headscarves and long
skirts, and faces painted with red cheeks and
freckles. They go door to door wishing people
Happy Easter, and collecting candy and small
change in copper kettles in exchange for a drawing
or a song.
Florida beach locale was a notoriously popular
destination for college students on spring break?
a notorious, and very popular, spring break
destination for college students from the end
of World War II until the late 1980s. Although
students had been coming to Fort
Lauderdale for years, the city's
popularity for Spring
Break increased even more with the
1960 release of the motion picture "Where
the Boys Are", set in Fort Lauderdale.
However, after as many as 350,000 to 375,000
spring breakers flocked to the city in 1985,
residents complained and law enforcement cracked
down on noise and public drinking, causing partygoers
to pick a new destination for the next year's
How long did it take to make a single "Peep"
27 Hours ...unbelievably,
were needed to create just one "Marshmallow
Peep". Today, one "Peep"
takes only six minutes
The movie "Easter Parade" immortalizes
the grand Easter Sunday stroll down what famous
York's Fifth Avenue ...
is still host to the Easter
Parade, from 49th to 57th Streets
along famous Fifth
Avenue where there's a wonderful
celebration in Easter finery. Bonnets are taken
to an extreme that only New Yorkers can reach.
Easter Parade (see video),
written by Irving Berlin in 1933, became a popular
tune that was used in the film of the same name
Which ancient monument was built facing the
sunrise of the vernal equinox?
The Great Sphinx at Giza, Egypt ...is
a statue with the head of a pharaoh and the
body of a lion that guards the great pyramids.
It has been said that the Great
Sphinx was built facing not only
the sunrise of the vernal equinox, but also
the rise that same day of the constellation
Leo (the lion). That way he could gaze at both
the sun, who he is honoring, and an image of
himself as a lion.
Where did the tradition
of wearing new clothes on Easter Sunday
Holy Saturday baptism ... in these
ancient Christian rituals
the people who were to be baptized were given
new white robes to wear, and other members of
the congregation would wear new clothes in memory
of their participation in the ceremony.
This is where the new clothes tradition comes
from ... not simple commercialism or
in 2008 will be the will
be the EARLIEST any of us will ever see in our
next time Easter will be this early (March 23)
will be the year 2228 220 years from
now. The last time it was this early was 1913
(so if you're 95 or older, you are the only
ones that were around for that!) The next time
it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be
in the year 2285 277 years from now.
The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So,
remember this day: no one alive today has or
will ever see it any earlier than this year!
In 2011, Easter will fall on the LATEST date
in most of our lifetimes 2011 is the
only year between 1900 and 2089 that it actually
falls on April 24. The last time it fell later
was on April 25 in 1943, and the next time it
will fall so late is April 25, 2038.) Learn
more at: Snopes.com.
(Contributed by Jim in Galena, Illinois).
Periodically, the Internet undergoes a "Spring
This urban myth
has been circulating via e-mail since 1999,
but it originated much earlier. According to
the message was purportedly sent by either Massachusetts
Institute of Technology staff (1999 version)
or the Department of Homeland Security (2006
version). Internet users were warned that a
Cleaning" would take place from
midnight on March 31st to the early morning
of April 1st, during which all unused sites,
as well as e-mails, would be deleted to make
the Internet faster. Of course, it was all a