Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ three days after his crucifixion and is the oldest and most important day of the Christian church year. Here are 10 facts about Easter we bet you didn’t know – like why there’s an Easter Bunny, and why we celebrate with chocolate eggs…
1. Exchanging eggs at Easter is a custom older than Easter itself. They were given as a symbol of rebirth and fertility in many cultures, and were chicken’s or duck’s eggs decorated with vegetable dye and charcoal.
2. In medieval times, egg-throwing competitions were held in church every Easter. The priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choirboys, and it was then tossed from one boy to another. Whoever was holding the egg when the clock struck 12 was the winner and got to keep the egg.
3. The 17th and 18th centuries saw the manufacture of egg-shaped toys, which were given to children at Easter. In 19th-century Europe, France and Germany took the lead in producing the first-ever eggs made of chocolate.
4. Cadbury’s Creme Eggs are the world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate, and workers at the factory in Birmingham produce 1.5 million every day. We can’t say we’re surprised!
5. Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year.
6. The Easter Bunny can be traced back to the 13th century, when people worshipped many different gods and goddesses. The goddess of spring and fertility was Eostre – the origin of the word Easter – whose symbol was the rabbit because of its high reproduction rate.
7. When people eat their Easter bunny, 76% bite off the ears first, 5% go straight for the feet and 4% opt for the tail. Personally, we’re ears first…
8. Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats and were given to the poor during Lent. The cross is a symbol of the crucifixion.
9. On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It is the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.
10. Pretzels were commonly associated with Easter as the twist was seen to signify hands in prayer.
We hope you all have a lovely Easter!