For many, easter is a time to spend with the family, hunt easter eggs, and consume massive amounts of candy. Originally Easter was observed to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Over many years various traditions such as painting eggs, the easter bunny, and marshmallow peeps became common. No matter why you’re celebrating Easter this year, you’ll find these Easter facts interesting.
- Over Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are made each and every year.
- Surveys suggest that 3 out of 4 people prefer to eat the ears off chocolate bunnies first.
- Americans purchase over 700 million marshmallow Peeps around Easter time. Approx. 2 billion produced total in 2015 including all varieties.
- Prior to 1955 peeps had little candy wings! They were “clipped” to have a cleaner look and save money.
- Only 10 of the 50 states recognize Good Friday as a holiday in the United States.
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter Egg was made of chocolate and was over twenty five feet high.
- In the Czech Republic a tradition of spanking women to celebrate fertility is carried out on Easter Monday.
- It’s estimated that over 16.8 billion dollars was spent on Easter in 2012.
- The Easter bunny idea originated in Germany and doesn’t have anything to do with the original Christian holiday.
- In 1680 the first story about a bunny laying eggs in gardens on Easter was published.
- Dyeing chicks different colors is illegal in a variety of states. Florida recently changed their laws to allow this practice again.
- If you like jelly beans, you’re not alone. Some estimate over 16 billion are consumed around Easter time which if stacked on top of each other would take us over 80% of the way to the moon !
There are lots of other facts about easter but these are some of the best ! If you know of some other strange ones please comment or share !