4 things you may not know about Easter Island
‘Tis the season for overpriced chocolate and quality family time!
While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced families worldwide to restrict the size of their normal gatherings and get creative with Easter traditions, we at Off the Map Adventures put our own twist on an Easter weekend. Taking the road less travelled, we dug into the ins-and-outs of Easter Island, a small territory of Chile, and while the island isn’t made up of chocolate bunnies and colourful eggs (we were disappointed too), it still proves to be a pretty cool, undiscovered destination.
We rounded up our findings and established five interesting facts you may not know about this small but mighty island…
A Celebratory Name
You may have already guessed this, but Easter Island was discovered on Easter Sunday (hence the name). Jacob Roggeveen, a Dutch explorer, happened upon the land in 1722 and coined it after the Christian holiday, according to John Dos Passos, the author of Easter Island; island of enigmas.
A Young Flag
Flown for the first time in 2006, the province’s relatively new flag symbolizes power and represents the Ariki, the chiefs and nobles of the land. Similar to that of Canada, the flag of Easter Island has a singular red image in the center of a white background. This image, a Reimiro, is a crescent-shaped wooden ornament that symbolizes authority.
An Activist Movement
Don’t let the size of their population – around 7,000 people – deceive you! In 2011, the BBC published an article outlining an indigenous rights protest that led to the injuries of at least 25 people by Chilean police.
A Strict Visitor Policy
If your post-pandemic plans include a trip to Easter Island make sure to plan one that’s short and sweet. What was once a popular tourist destination has since enhanced their travel restrictions – even