Easter is one of the most famous and important festivals of Christians which is celebrated annually all over the World. Easter commemorates Jesus’ victory over death and the resurrection of Jesus. It is also a great way to jubilate the attack of spring, after the cold and chilly winters. Easter is the one festival which brings fun and excitement in kids and adults as well. Market places are swamped with Bunnies, colorful eggs, marshmallow chicks, decorating items and spring flowers. Every year around ninety million chocolate bunnies are made and every day in the preparation of Easter festival and about five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are made.
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Interesting & Fun Facts about Easter
- Easter has been named after Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess. The hare and the egg were the symbols of the goddess.
- Aside from German and English, the name of 'Easter' has been inferred from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover festival.
- Egg has been considered as a symbol of rebirth in most of the cultures right from ancient times.
- The accustomed act of painting the egg is called as Pysanka.
- Easter is also a movable feast just like Passover which is dependent on the phases of the moon and has dissimilar dates each year.
- Easter always comes down between March 22nd and April 25th.
- The appearance of a bird's nest was the first Easter basket which was given.
- In the 19th century, in Europe, Chocolate eggs were made for the first time. Till date, they continue as one of the favorite Easter treats.
- In the west, Easter is the top-selling confectionery holiday and the second stands Halloween.
- 76% people bite off the chocolate bunny ears first, while 5% bite the feet first and 4% eat the tail first on Easter.
- The tradition of giving away eggs at Easter dates back from time of the Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans.
- The largest Easter egg made till date as per the Guinness Book of World Records was over 25-ft high and was made of chocolate and marshmallow, weighing 8,968 lbs!
- Pope gives his "Urbi et Orbi" (papal address) to the world every year on Easter.
- On Easter red jellybeans qualify as the most favorite food for kids.
- The most popular symbols of Easter are Egg, bonfires & candles, lily, cross, palm, bunny and lamb.
- Across the world Easter is known by different names. Few of them are: English - Easter, French - Paques, Spanish - Pascua, Italian - Pasqua, Albanian - Pashke, German - Ostern, Greek - Pascha, Norway - Paaske, Holland - Pasen and Swedish - Pask.
- The Egyptians were the first to exchange eggs to symbolize the resurrection of Christ. It was after that the tradition was extended down to early Christians.
- Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans after Halloween.
European monks used to make hot cross buns, which are counted amongst the earliest Easter treats. During the month of Lent they were distributed to the poor people.