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Mar
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Easter Fun Facts

Just some interesting and fun facts about the upcoming Easter holiday!

1.) For Americans, Easter is the second most important holiday to eat candy, and lots of it! According to the National Confectioner’s Association, Americans consumed seven billion pounds of candy on Easter in 2001. So, what’s the first most candy-eating occasion of the year? Halloween of course!

2.) Nearly 120 million cards with be sent, exchanged, and given this Easter, which means it holds the fourth spot of the largest card-sending celebration in the U.S.

3.) Americans buy more than 700 million MARSHMALLOW PEEPS during the Easter holiday, which makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.

4.) Besides chocolate, what other candy pops its head around the corner during Easter time? Jelly beans! An astounding 16 billion jelly beans are made exclusively for Easter. That’s enough beans to fill a plastic egg the size of a nine story building!

5.) In the early 19th century, the first chocolate eggs were made in Europe. They remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.

6.) In all, 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter every year. And, when taking a bite into one of those millions of chocolate bunnies, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first, while 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.

7.) Like many holidays on the calendar, Easter also has its own catchy tunes or carols. They’re not just for Christmas time! One such Easter carol, with its words in Latin, began as Tempus adest floridum, which can be translated as ‘Spring has now brought forth the flowers’. Other ‘Easter Carols’ you might know? ‘Here comes Peter Cottontail’, ‘Easter Parade’, and ‘The Carnival Song’. Read more about those ‘carols’ and others here: Phancy Pages: The History of Easter and the Easter Bunny. Or, try writing one on your own this year!

8.) Common Easter symbols include the Cross, Easter Bells, the Easter Lily, and of course, Eggs and Rabbits!

9.) A tradition since 1878, the Easter egg roll on the White House lawn turns the area into a massive playground for children from all over the country. Learn more about the history of the Easter Egg Roll here: White House Website: History of the White House Easter Egg Roll.

10.) In medieval times, a festival of ‘egg-throwing’ was held in church. The priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys, and then tossed from one choir boy to the next. When the clock struck 12, whoever held the egg, was the winner and got to keep the egg.

Easter Bunny History

The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. The Hare and the Rabbit were the most fertile animals known and they served as symbols of the new life during the Spring season.

The bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have it’s origins in Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s. These were made of pastry and sugar.

The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. The arrival of the “Oschter Haws” was considered “childhood’s greatest pleasure” next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve. The children believed that if they were good the “Oschter Haws” would lay a nest of colored eggs.

The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests . The use of elaborate Easter baskets would come later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread through out the country.

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