Easter and Passover

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

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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.

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A Tale of Two Easters
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Why is there a Seder on Passover?

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