25 Funny, Curious And Interesting Facts About Easter You May Not Know

Posted by , Updated on April 21, 2014

Easter is known to be the Sunday that marks the end of the Holy Week, an event that commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is greatly influenced by the Christian faith as it reminds believers to remember the last sacrifice of the Son of God. Others think of it as a time of celebration with Easter Eggs, bunnies and peeps. So to celebrate, here are 25 Funny, Curious And Interesting Facts About Easter You May Not Know.

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The UK's first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.

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In 2007, an egg covered in diamonds (pictured) sold for almost £9 million. The egg is very special because, every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise!

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The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever was made in Italy in 2011. At 10.39 metres in height and 7,200 kg in weight, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant!

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The Easter Bunny tradition made its way to the US in the 18th century. It is believed to have originated in Europe where it was actually the Easter Hare. Other Easter traditions include wearing Easter bonnets, making Easter baskets and having Easter egg hunts.

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Easter is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians. That’s because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian Calendar.

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Good Friday is an official holiday in 12 US states

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The white lily, the symbol of the resurrection, is the special Easter flower.

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Jellybeans were first made in America by Boston candy maker William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War.

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The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka.

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The date of Passover is variable as it is dependent on the phases of the moon, and thus Easter is a movable feast.

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The name Easter owes its origin from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg.

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The exchange of eggs for Easter dates back to a springtime custom older than Easter itself in which eggs were given as a symbol of rebirth in many cultures.

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In the old days pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayer.

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In medieval times, a festival of ‘egg-throwing’ was held in church. The priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys, and then tossed from one choir boy to the next. When the clock struck 12, whoever held the egg, was the winner and got to keep the egg.

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Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow peeps during the Easter holiday, which makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.

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The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.

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To help Americans in need, egg farmers across the country are donating more than 11 million eggs to food banks across the nation.

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Half of the states in the United States have banned the practice of dyeing chicks for Easter. However, Florida recently overturned the 45-year-old law of preventing the dyeing of animals.

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Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over

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76% of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.

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90 million chocolate bunnies, 91.4 billion eggs and 700 million peeps are produced each year in the United States.

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After Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy consuming holiday. 120 million pounds of candy are bought each year.

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Households spend $131 on Easter each year, $14.7 billion in total.

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Christians consider Easter eggs to symbolize joy and celebration, new life and resurrection.

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Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ three days after his death. It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year.

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