Easter is the Sunday that marks the end of the Holy Week and is greatly influenced by the Christian faith as it reminds believers to remember the sacrifice of the Son of God. Others think of it as a time of celebration with Easter eggs, bunnies and peeps. So to celebrate, here are a few interesting facts about Easter:
• The name “Easter” originated from “Eastre,” the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes the hare and egg. From the very early times, the egg has been considered as the most important symbol of rebirth.
• The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka.
• The white lily, the symbol of the resurrection, is the special Easter flower.
• The initial baskets of Easter were given the appearance of bird’s nests. The maiden chocolate eggs recipes were made in Europe in the 19th century.
• Next to Halloween, Easter holidays paves way for confectionary business to boom. Each year, about nearly 90 million chocolate bunnies are made for Easter. Seventy-six percent of people prefer eating the ears of this yummy treat first.
• The most popular treat for the holiday though are jellybeans. Jellybeans were first made in the U.S. by Boston candy maker William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over.
• The Easter Bunny tradition made its way to the United States in the 18th century. It is believed to have originated in Europe where it was actually the Easter Hare. Other Easter traditions include wearing Easter bonnets, making Easter baskets and having Easter egg hunts.
• The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.