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Easter Fun facts about

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hat’s not to love about chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and melted butter on hot cross buns? It’s Easter again and, apart from anything, it means that warmer weather and sunshine is surely just around the corner.

Of course, Easter is the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life, but, it’s so much more than that. ■ After Halloween, Easter is the biggest sweetie eating

time of year.

■ 76 per cent of people eat the ears on chocolate

bunnies first, only four per cent start with the tail.

■ The first chocolate eggs were made in the early

19th century.

■ In Medieval times, a festival of egg throwing was

held in church. The priest would fling a hard-boiled egg to a choir boy who passed it on to one of his friends. When the clock struck 12, whoever was holding the egg was the winner and got to keep it.

■ Easter is also known as Pasch or Pascha. ■ Easter is also the time for a Pagan holiday

honouring Eostre the goddess of spring which symbolises rebirth.

■ Other people believe Easter comes from the

German word eostarun meaning dawn and white.

■ Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the full

moon on the Spring Equinox between March 22 and April 25.

■ Giving and receiving painted eggs started in ancient

civilizations, such as the Egyptians and Persians. The eggs were a sign of fertility and new life.

■ Rabbits and hares were also symbols of fertility,

hence the Easter bunny.

■ German folklore has the Easter Bunny as a white

hare that would leave colourful eggs for good girls and boys on Easter morning.

■ The first Easter egg hunts are said to have started

because children would wake on Easter morning and build nests out of sticks and leaves for the Easter bunny to fill with eggs.

■ Pretzels are also associated with Easter. Apparently

in 610AD an Italian monk used left-over dough to make a snack. He folded it to resemble children’s arms when they pray.

■ Guinness Book of World Records claims that the

largest Easter egg made was 25ft high and made of chocolate and marshmallow.

■ 80 million Easter eggs are sold each year in the

UK. This accounts for 10 per cent of our annual chocolate spending.

■ A typical child will receive five Easter eggs and

eat them all in a week, thereby doubling their recommended calorie intake.

■ Medieval Ester Eggs were boiled with onions

to give them a golden sheen. Edward I, in 1290, ordered 450 eggs to be covered with gold leaf and given as presents.

■ The first chocolate egg was made in 1873 by Fry’s.

Before this Easter eggs were hollow cardboard affairs, filled with gifts.

■ The distinctive crocodile

finish you find on Easter eggs came from Germany and was originally designed to cover up any imperfections in the chocolate.

■ Egg rolling still takes place

on Easter Sunday with the idea of seeing whose egg goes the furthest without breaking. The US president traditionally hosts an Easter egg roll on the White House lawn.

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