Every year people around the world gather together to celebrate Easter. It is known to most as the Sunday that marks the end of Holy Week, although to children it is a day filled with chocolate bunnies and baskets full of eggs.No matter how your family celebrates, the history of Easter is truly fascinating. Let’s go beyond the bunny and check out some fun and interesting facts about the holiday.
1. The term “Easter” gets its name from the English word “Eastre”, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes the egg and the hare.
2. The Easter Bunny tradition made its way to the United States in the 18th century. It is believed to have originated in Europe where it was actually called the “Easter Hare”. Other common traditions include making easter baskets, dying eggs and wearing Easter bonnets.
3. The art of painting eggs is called “pysanka”, which originated in Ukraine. It involves using dyes and wax to color an egg.
4. Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps during the holiday.
5. The exchange or giving of Easter eggs actually dates back to the early 17th century and is considered a symbol of rebirth in several cultures around the world.
6. The white lily is the official flower of Easter. As they represent purity and grace, many churches and homes have chosen to decorate with white lilies for the holiday. In fact, they are sometimes more commonly known as “Easter Lilies”.
7. The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever made was in Italy in 2011. At a whopping 34 feet tall and over 1,500 pounds, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant.
8. Next to Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year.
No matter what holiday you may celebrate, be sure to spend some time with family and friends this weekend. Have fun and stay safe.