Most of us know the religious side of Easter and it’s meanings but do you know why Easter has bunnies & eggs too? Here’s some fun & interesting facts about Easter.
- The ever popular Easter eggs are an ancient symbol of new life, entirely appropriate for a springtime holiday like Easter. Easter is all about renewal and new life, so the egg is not that out of place after all.
- Like the egg, the rabbit is a symbol of new life and rebirth, and it is probably this association that gave rise to the famous Easter Bunny. Rabbits have long been associated with fertility and birth. The actual Easter Bunny legend is rooted in German tradition. The legend holds that a poor woman living in Germany decorated colorful eggs for her children to find. As soon as the hidden eggs were found by the children, a large bunny was seen hopping away. This ancient legend is thought to be the root of the Easter Bunny we know and love today.
- Ham came to be the traditional favorite for Easter dinner because in pre-refrigeration days, hogs were slaughtered in the fall and cured for six to seven months. Just in time for Easter dinner…
- In the old days pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayer.
- The largest Easter egg ever made was constructed in Vegreville, AB. It weighed 5,000 pounds, and was 25.7 feet long
- The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 1800s and still are one of the most popular treats associated with Easter.
- 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.
- Americans spend 2 billion dollars on Easter goodies, and eat 7.1 billion pounds of Easter goodies each year! With 60 million chocolate bunnies being sold each Easter.
- After Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy consuming holiday.
- Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, yellow being the most popular, shaped like chicks, as well as Marshmallow Bunnies and Marshmallow Eggs, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes six minutes.
- When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76% of people prefer to bite off the ears first. 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.
- 16 billion jelly beans are made specifically for Easter which is enough to fill a plastic egg the size of a 9-story building.
- The world’s largest jar of jelly beans weighed 6,050 pounds.
- 75 percent of kids are willing to do extra chores for extra Easter candy – parents, take note!
Happy Easter from Par-T-Perfect!