Easter is a Christian festival and holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This happened on the third day after he was buried. Holy Week is celebrated the week leading up to Easter. Easter Sunday was on April 4th this year.
- Easter eggs date way back before Easter. Evidence suggests they began in Medieval Europe.
- Easter baskets represent nests and new life, especially when they are filled with Easter eggs. Traditionally, children would make nests for the Easter bunny to leave its eggs in.
- Easter was named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre. Easter was named after a festival celebrating Eostre and the coming of spring.
- There are some theories as to why people dye eggs. The colouring of eggs in brilliant colours helps usher in spring. Eggs are dyed to represent the blood of Jesus Christ. The art of dyeing eggs originated in Ukraine and is called pysanka. Pysanka involved pouring melted wax onto the eggs.
- The idea of the Easter bunny giving candies and eggs started in Germany during the Middle Ages. The first mention of this tradition dates to the 16th century. The first story of the Easter Bunny hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680.
- Giving eggs is a symbol of rebirth and new life in many cultures.
- 500 million Creme Eggs are made every year in the Bournville factory in Birmingham, England.
- Pretzels used to be consumed at Easter because the Pretzel looks like a person whose arms were crossed in a prayer.
- The world’s largest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in April 2011, measuring 34 feet and 1.05 inches in length, and weighed approximately 15,873 pounds.
- In the mid-1800s in New York, people believed that buying new clothes to wear on Easter would bring them good luck for the rest of the year
- In 1933, composer Irving Berlin introduced the Easter Bonnet into American pop culture with his ballad “Easter Parade.”
- 76% people eat the ears of a chocolate bunny first, followed by 5% who eat the feet first, and 4% who eat the tail first
- Easter is the second biggest candy-consuming holiday (after Halloween)