Easter holiday trivia
Easter, Easter Sunday, Resurrection Sunday, Resurrection of the Lord, all these names are associated with the oldest and most important Christian holiday commemorating the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ, his passion, death and resurrection. Many curiosities is connected with it and you can get ot know some of them here.
The first British chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry's of Bristol.
The highest chocolate Easter egg was created in Italy in 2011. It was 10.39 meters tall and weighed 7200 kg, this size was bigger than the giraffe and heavier than the elephant!
Easter bunny is a tradition that comes from the United States, it was founded there in the 18th century.
Easter is celebrated at various times by Western and Eastern Christians. This is because the dates of Easter in Christianity are determined on the basis of the Julian calendar.
Good Friday is the official holiday in the 12 US states.
White lily is a special Easter flower and it symbolizes the resurrection.
Jellybeans were first made in America by William Schrafft's Boston bakery, who promoted his product by calling on people to send jellies to soldiers fighting in the civil war.
In some countries there is a tradition of painting eggs - pysanka.
The Passover date depends on the moon phases. Easter holidays are therefore a moving holiday.
Easter name derives from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess, symbolized by hare and egg.
Replacing eggs for Easter gifts is a custom older than Easter itself. It's an old spring custom derived from the symbolism of the egg, a symbol of rebirth in many cultures.
In the past, pretzels were associated with Easter, because it was thought that the threads of the pretzel resemble the shoulders in prayer.
In medieval times, there were held "egg throwing" festival in churches. The priest threw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys, and then the boy from the choir threw it to the next boy. When there was 12, the one who was holding the egg was the winner and got the egg for himself.
During Easter, Americans buy marshmallow chickens. During the holidays they eat over 700 million of this sweet delicacy.
Every year the president roll Easter eggs on the lawn of the American White House. This old play was introduced into the White House as a tradition by President Rutherford Hayes in 1878.
To help Americans in need, farmers from across the country give more than 11 million eggs to food banks every year.
Half of the states in the United States banned the practice of dyeing chicks for Easter. However, Florida has recently denied the 45-year ban on animal dyeing.
Americans eat more than 16 million jellybeans.
76% of people eat chocolate hare ears as first.
90 million chocolate hares, 91 billion chocolate eggs and 700 million chickens are produced every year in the United States.
After Halloween, Easter is the biggest holiday consuming candy. 54 million kilos of candy is sold annually.
The average household spend $125 every Easter.
Christians consider Easter eggs a symbol of joy, new life and resurrection.
Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ three days after his death. It is the oldest Christian holiday and is the most important day of the church year.