Easter Sunday is the most important day of the year for Christians, as it is the celebration of Jesus being resurrected from the dead. Here are five interesting facts about the Easter holiday to impress your friends and family today.
Easter Eggs Date Back Way Before Easter The egg appears in many ancient traditions as a symbol for life, or life's beginnings. In medieval Europe, eggs were often one of the first foods — blessed by a priest of course — eaten after the Lenten fast. The practice of dyeing eggs can be traced back to early Greek and Syrian Christians, who exchanged crimson eggs to represent the blood of Christ. German and Austrian immigrants later brought the practice to America. Today, the colorful eggs are mostly just a fun way to celebrate Easter.
We Can Thank Germany For The Bunny
Have you ever wondered where the Easter Bunny story originated? We can say that the story of rabbits bringing eggs doesn’t make a lot of logical sense. But just like Santa Claus has no Christian significance to Christmas, the Easter Bunny also has no real connection to this holy day. The idea of the Easter bunny giving candies and eggs is said to have originated in Germany during the Middle Ages, with the first written mention of this tradition dating back to the 16th century. Dutch settlers in Pennsylvania brought the bunny to the United States in the 1700s.
Americans Eat About 1.5 million Peeps Euring Easter Peeps actually date back to the 1920s and at the time were very difficult to make by hand, requiring approximately 30 hours to complete just one. Thankfully, automation sped the process down to around 6 minutes. These days, over 70 million of the tasty chicks are sold at Easter every year. That makes these colorful marshmallows the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, factory makes an impressive 5.5 million a day.
Congress Once Outlawed Easter Egg Rolling One of the most well-known Easter traditions in America is the annual Easter Egg Roll that dates all the way back to President Andrew Johnson. However, there was a point in our nation’s history when holding an Easter egg roll on the Capitol grounds was a violation of federal law. By 1876, the annual egg roll had ripped up the Capitol’s landscaping and they didn’t have enough money in the budget to fix it. So the following year, U.S. Rep. William Steele Holman of Indiana introduced the Turf Protection Act “to prevent any portion of the Capitol grounds and terraces from being used as play-grounds." Congress passed the Act, putting the kibosh on Easter Egg Rolls for a time. Thankfully, Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes renewed the tradition in 1878 by holding an Easter egg celebration at the White House.
Most People Eat This Part Of The Chocolate Eater Bunny First It happens every spring, researchers say: A disturbing epidemic of confectionary rabbit auricular amputations. Or, in layman’s terms, biting the ears off of your chocolate Easter bunny. As it turns out, a new study looks at our preferences for deforming the chocolatey critters. It notes that an online survey of more than 28,000 Americans reveal that 59 percent of us eat the ears first. About 4 percent start at the other end with the feet or tail, while 33 percent of people indicate no preference at all when going in for the all-important first bite.