Plus, some facts about Easter you maybe didn’t know
Spring is now upon us and that means 3 things; days get longer, weather gets warmer, and the Easter Bunny comes along bearing egg-shaped chocolate gifts for all… yippee. Of course, the first two of those facts only apply if you’re living in the northern hemisphere, but the third is universal (at least in the Christian world), and Easter traditionally represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Some people might ask, what do eggs and a bunny have to do with the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Well the answer is absolutely nothing. The tale of a rabbit hiding eggs in a garden is just a quaint story that goes all the way back 1680 when it was first published. This rabbit went on to be known as the Easter bunny. There is also the story of German immigrants arriving in America in the 1700s, who brought along with them the tale of an egg-laying hare “Osterhase”. The tradition of decorating eggs however, does predate this period and is believed to stem from the 13th century.
And this is how eggs came to be a symbol of Easter, as they represent rebirth and new beginnings, as does spring itself. Either way, it’s fair to say that the consumption of chocolate eggs and candy at Easter is just a modern addition to this springtime holiday.
The humble egg is featured in many Easter games and traditions which date all the way back to medieval times. Some activities include decorating eggs, egg hunts, egg races, egg rolling, egg tapping and egg dancing, with the latter two of these being widespread and popular until modern times.
Below are some interesting facts about Easter and how we celebrate it.
-- Did you know that Americans spend $1.9 billion on Easter candy alone? That’s astonishing! And that 70% of Easter candy purchased is chocolate? I guess that one is less surprising.
-- Another surprising fact is that the U.S. spends almost $15 billion in total each year on Easter.
-- Staying with the chocolate theme, 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year, and it is thought that up to 89% of Americans believe the ears of a chocolate bunny are the first part that should be eaten.
-- There’s good reason why people overindulge at Easter, and that is because traditionally the period of Lent—the 40 days prior to Easter—was a time for fasting, or at least in the modern day, giving up something you like. The problem being nowadays is that most people don’t give up something they like, and then just overindulge anyway. Facepalm.
-- What is Holy Week? Holy Week is the week prior to Easter Sunday and begins on Palm Sunday, and includes the days Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, then Easter Sunday.
-- While Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, many of Easter’s traditions actually have their roots in Paganism.
-- Easter is celebrated on a different date each year due to the date’s dependency on the phases of the moon. It coincides with the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
-- Good Friday—the Friday before Easter—commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. However, only 12 U.S. states recognize Good Friday as an official holiday.
-- The first chocolate Easter egg was made in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol in the UK.
-- Easter is named after the Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess, Eostre.
Whether you’re a churchgoer, or you just enjoy the egg hunts and the indulging, Easter is a wonderful time to spend with family and a time to reflect on all the good things you have in life.
What are your plans for the Easter holiday?
Please feel free to let us know how will you spend Easter, and what your favorite thing/activity/tradition is at Easter time. We’ll presume eating chocolate is somewhere high up on that list, unless you tell us otherwise of course!
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