Easter Day is celebrated all around the world at the end of the Holy week on a Sunday. The holiday is celebrated to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after he sacrificed his life for the lives of everyone on earth. You might know about Easter eggs and bunnies but Easter has been around for centuries and here are some interesting facts about it you can share with your family on the holiday.
- The largest ever Easter egg made was in Italy in 2011. It was heavier than an elephant weighing 7200 kgs and taller than a Giraffe with a height of 10.39 meters.
- It is believed that the tradition of Easter bunnies made its way to the U.S. in the 18th century from Europe where it was called Easter Hare. Easter bonnets, baskets and treasure hunts are some other popular traditions associated with the holiday. Lily is the official Easter flower.
- The dates in Gregorian and Julian calendar differ for Easter. This is why there are different dates for Eastern and Western Christians.
- The painting of an Easter egg is a tradition also known as Pysanka.
- Easter is a moveable holiday as the day of Passover depends on the movement of the moon around the earth. This is why the dates for Easter differ each year.
- The name ‘Easter’ itself is believed t be originated from Eostre, the name of an Anglo-Saxon Goddess symbolizing egg and hare.
- The exchange of eggs tradition goes way beyond even Easter when people exchanged it to celebrate springtime and was a symbol of rebirth in various cultures.
- For a brief amount of time, pretzels were exchanged owing to its shape in the middle that looked like two hands folded in prayer.
- In medieval times, egg throwing and catching was a game as well as a tradition. The priest used to throw a hardboiled egg at a choir boy who then passed it on to another. As soon as the clock struck 12, whoever had the egg in their hands got to keep the egg.
- Peeps are the most popular nonchocolate Easter candy in the U.S. Yearly, people with around 700 million of these marshmallow candies in the U.S. alone!
- As a part of goodwill during Easter, farmers across the nation donate around 11 million eggs to homeless people in the U.S.
- Every year, the country sees a production of 90 million chocolate bunnies, 700 million peeps, and a whopping 91.4 billion Easter eggs!
How many of these facts did you know? Spend this Easter with family and share some of the most curious and interesting facts about Easter. CRM Construction Inc. wishes all its readers, well-wishers and customers a joyful Easter.
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