Facts About Easter

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Facts About Easter

Charlotte Blackmon, Reporter

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Easter is a holiday that many people celebrate- If you don’t celebrate it then you likely know somebody who does. But even if you celebrate Easter, it is very likely that you don’t know everything there is to know about this eggstravagant holiday (pun definitely intended). At least, you didn’t until now. Here are some little-known facts about Easter.

  1. Americans spend Almost two billion dollars on Easter candy, making Easter the second biggest candy holiday, the first being Halloween. That means that people spend more on Easter than Valentines Day.
  2. Seventy percent of Easter candy sold is chocolate
  3. Seventy-six percent of Americans think the ears of a chocolate bunny should be the first to be eaten. Five percent go for the feet first and four percent for the tail, and that combined nine percent are monsters.
  4. The first story about a rabbit who hid eggs in a garden (now known as the Easter Bunny) was published in 1680, but it’s said that the idea of the Easter Bunny giving people eggs and candy originated in Germany in the middle ages.
  5. The tallest ever chocolate Easter egg was thirty-four feet tall and weighed nearly sixteen thousand pounds. It was made in Italy circa 2011.
  6. The art of painting eggs is called pysanka, which originated in Ukraine. It involves using wax and dyes to color the egg
  7. Ever wonder where Easter got its name? Probably not, but I’ll tell you anyway. Easter was named after an Anglo-Saxon goddess who was known for spring celebrations, hares, and eggs. Her name was Eastre, although it was sometimes spelled Eostre.
  8. Peeps are the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy, selling over seven hundred million marshmallow Peeps during Easter.
  9. Americans eat over sixteen million jelly beans every Easter, which is enough to circle the globe three times.
  10. During Easter, more than ninety million chocolate bunnies, ninety-one billion eggs, and seven hundred million Peeps are made every year. And that’s just in the United States.
  11. About 14.7 billion dollars are spent every Easter in the US. Individual Americans spend an average of 131 dollars every Easter.
  12. The official flower of Easter is the white lily. They represent grace and purity, and they also look really nice.

 

I hope that you learned some new, fun and useless facts from this article. Maybe you can spout your new knowledge over Easter dinner. And hey, if you don’t celebrate Easter, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the long weekend.