Easter is one of the most important religious celebrations of the year. It is a time when we must gave thanks to the immense sacrifice that our lord and savior has made for us. It is also the time when the adorable Easter bunny comes and gives presents to children who have behaved. The Easter Sunday is only a short hop away, so we thought that now, since you are done with coloring the eggs and devouring chocolate bunnies, is the best time to share with you some of the funniest Easter facts.
1. American households spend $131 on average for Easter. This means a total of 14.7$ billion dollars for this holy day.
2. If you thought that Christmas is the biggest candy-consuming holiday after Halloween, think again! Easter is actually number two, with a staggering 120 million pounds of candy being purchased each year.
3. Americans indulge in the occasional Easter egg hunt. The largest of its kind was held in Florida, where 8753 children struggled to find 501.000 eggs.
4. UK children receive 8.8 Easter eggs, on average, every year. That is double the recommended calorie intake for a whole week.
5. People from Scotland and North-East England have a weird habit of rolling painted eggs down steep hills on Easter Sunday. This game is also popular in America, but here people push eggs along with a spoon. There is also a game where Europeans have to balance the eggs on the spoon, while holding it in their mouths.
6. When people were asked what they eat first from a chocolate bunny, 76% of them responded that they eat the ears first.
7. In 2007, an egg covered in diamonds was sold for 9 million pounds. What made it so special was the fact that every hour, a cockerel made of jewel would pop up and flap its wings four times.
8. The candy-fest doesn’t stop here! Americans eat over 16 million jellybeans on Easter. This is enough to circle the globe 3-times over.
9. In the United States, 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced every year.
10. The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka
11. Easter baskets were designed to imitated bird nests. They are still doing a pretty good job.
12. In 1878 president Rutherford B. Hayes decided to invent a new tradition: the Easter Egg Roll hosted on the front lawn of the White House. It has been respected every year since then.
13. The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is the Cadbury’s Creme Egg. 1.5 million pieces are produced every year.
14. Easter eggs symbolize joy and celebration, new life and resurrection. In the orthodox religion, red eggs symbolize blood dripping on the eggs that his mother brought to the place of crucifixion.
15. Some people just don’t know when to stop! One out of five children admitted to feeling sick after gorging on too much chocolate.
16. Although it comes second to Christmas in the hearts of many children, Easter is actually the most important Christian holiday, and the most important day of the church year. It symbolizes the celebration of the resurrection of Christs, 3 days after his death.
17. Italy created the tallest chocolate Easter egg in 2011. It was 10.39 meters tall, and weighed an incredible 7200 kg. This means that It was taller than a giraffe, and heavier than an elephant.
18. During the medieval times, a festival of egg throwing was held in the church. What happened was that the priest would throw boiled eggs to one of the choir boys. The choir boy would then toss it to 19. another until the clock struck 12. The one holding the egg at that time would be crowned winner.
20. Egg farmers donate over 11 million eggs to food banks across the nation every year, to help Americans in need.
Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and Gauls also used to give eggs for Easter. For them, the egg is a symbol of life and prosperity.