Easter Fun Facts – With the Lenton season upon us I find so many people wondering about the origination of Easter so I decided I’d write a little but about some Easter fun facts that maybe you didn’t know……
Easter is a religious holiday that holds great importance for people of the Christian faith. Palm Sunday, Lent, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are celebrated with church services and religious sermons. Then there is the silly side to the holiday that has a “Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail” leaving colored eggs for all the kiddies. We all know about this story. But did you know that the term Easter gets its name from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes the hare and the egg? How about the fact that only 12 of the 50 states celebrate Good Friday as a holiday? Bet you didn’t! Here are ten Easter fun facts to share around the water cooler this week that will amaze your friends and coworkers.
- Americans consume more than 16 million jelly beans during this holiday. That is enough jelly beans to circle the globe not once, not twice, but three times. Wow! Just wow!
- The Easter egg is said to symbolize and represent joy, celebration and new life.
- During the holiday, more than 90 million chocolate bunnies, 91.4 billion eggs and 700 million Peeps are produced each year in the United States alone. Are you a chocolate bunny person or are do you go for the Peeps?
- The White House of tradition of the Easter Egg Roll started back in 1878, with President Rutherford B. Hayes! That’s one tradition I would love to participate in!
- The idea of the Easter bunny giving candies and eggs is said to have originated in Germany during the middle ages.
- 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.
- The date of Passover is variable as it is dependent on the phases of the moon, and thus Easter is a movable feast.
- 76% of people eat the ears on their chocolate bunnies first. How about you? Did you eat the ears first or did you bite out the tail?
- In the old days, pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayers.
- The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is Cadbury’s Creme Egg. Workers at Cadbury in Birmingham produce 1.5 million of these every day.
Easter fun facts would make an awesome trivia game for the family too, don’t you think? If you remember a few of these facts above you are sure to be a hit with your friends and family! Keep a few facts stashed away in your memory and this Easter, when things are quiet and the conversation has stalled, be sure to dazzle with an Easter fun fact!
Easter is the perfect time to get creative and have fun coming up with silly little poems with your kids. Below are some fun Easter pins from my Easter Pinterest Board.
Oh and be sure to check out my recipe for ham pot pie so you’re sure to make something great with your ham leftovers after your Easter meal!