15 Essential Easter Facts That May Surprise You

Did you take our Easter quiz? It certainly stumped us, which is why we decided to learn some more fun Easter facts. When we think of Easter, we think of chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, painted eggs and, of course, creepy Easter Bunny photos. But there’s so much more to the holiday that we never knew (or, we forgot).

Here a few important Easter facts – as well as a few fun and random ones – that you may or may not have known.

15.) What Is The Meaning of Easter?

Easter FactsEaster Sunday is a Christian holiday marking the end of Holy Week and commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest Christian holiday and one of the most important days of the year for Christians.

Easter reminds followers to remember that Jesus sacrificed his life for man. This is one of the most important Easter facts and one we hope everyone already knew.

14.) Does Everyone Celebrate Easter At The Same Time?

Easter FactsNo. Easter is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian Calendar.

13.) What Is Good Friday?

Easter FactsGood Friday is another Christian holiday and falls on the Friday before Easter. It is considered to be the day Jesus was crucified.

12.) Where Does The Word Easter Come From?

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This is an Easter fact not many people know: The term Easter originates from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes the hare and the egg.

11.) How Did Eggs Come To Symbolize Easter? 

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The notion of giving eggs is considered a symbol of rebirth in many cultures, and symbolic of life and life’s beginnings. In medieval Europe, eggs were often one of the first foods eaten after the Lenten fast.

Dying eggs and giving them as gifts dates back to early Greek and Syrian Christians, who dyed eggs red to represent the blood of Christ. Yet another of the many Easter facts unbeknownst to many!

10.) Why Do People Decorate Eggs?

Easter FactsWhile the Greeks and Syrians dyed eggs reds, the art of painting eggs originated in Ukraine and is called pysanka. It involves using wax and dyes to color the egg. It wasn’t until Ukrainian immigrants came to the U.S. that the colorful custom caught on.

9.) Are Fabergé Eggs Related To Easter?

Easter FactsYes! Most people are familiar with these bejeweled masterpieces, but not many know that these gems are actually related to Easter!

In 1885 in Russia, Tsar Alexander III was looking for a special Easter/anniversary gift for his wife, Maria Feodorovna. He spoke with jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, who created the first Fabergé egg: a white enameled gold egg that opened to reveal a gold yolk with a small gold hen with ruby eyes.

8.) How Large Was The Biggest Chocolate Easter Egg?

Easter factsHere’s one of our candy-related Easter facts for all you chocolate lovers: The largest chocolate Easter egg on record was nearly 36 feet tall! It was made in Italy in 2011. At 35.7 feet tall, it weighed a shocking 15,873 pounds. That’s a lot of chocolate!

7.) What’s The Most Popular Non-Chocolate Easter Candy?

Easter Facts - PeepsPeeps! Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps at Easter time. Next to Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year in America. The Peeps factory is located in Bethlehem, Pa., and produces 1 billion Peeps a year – that’s 4 million a day!

6.) How Many Jelly Beans Are Consumed During Easter?

Easter Facts - Jelly beans!Here’s another one of those edible, gigantic Easter facts for you: Americans indulge in partaking of more than 16 million jelly beans during Easter time. That’s enough to circle the globe three times! It’s also enough to fill a plastic egg the size of a nine-story building (boy, that’s a visual!).

Jelly beans were invented in Boston by candy maker William Schrafft, who encouraged people to send them to soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Now, we fight for the tasty sugar nuggets that usually fill up hollow plastic Easter eggs that kids hunt for during the holiday.

Easter Facts - Chocolate BunniesChocolate is the most popular Easter candy, and among the various types, chocolate bunnies reign supreme. More than 90 million chocolate bunnies are produced in the U.S. during Easter!

When polled about their chocolate bunny eating ritual, 76% of Americans said they eat the ears off of the bunny first, 5% start with the feet and 4% start with the tail.

4.) Where Did The Easter Bunny Originate?

Easter factsAs we previously mentioned, the word Easter comes from the goddess Eastre, whose symbol was the hare. A symbol of fertility, the hare (or rabbit) became associated with Easter in the 1700s, when German settlers in Pennsylvania brought tales of the osterhase, a mythical egg-laying bunny that over time became known as the Easter Bunny.

Did the above photo make you laugh? Check out our collection of Easter photos gone terribly wrong for more!

3.) Why Do People Buy New Clothes For Easter?

Easter Facts - New ClothesIt happens to be good luck! In New York in the 1800s, people believed that buying new clothes to wear on Easter would bring them good luck for the year. This is one of our favorite Easter facts to get behind!

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2.) How Much Is Spent Annually on Easter in The U.S.?

Easter Facts - Annual SpendHouseholds average $131 on Easter each year, totaling $14.7 billion nationwide! This is spent on a variety of things, including candy and gift baskets, new outfits, decor (including egg painting!), photos with the Easter bunny and, of course, decadent brunch events.

1.) What Are Traditional Easter Foods, And Why?

Easter Facts - FoodsHere’s an Easter food fact for you: It’s ham!

Ham has traditionally been the main Easter dish consumed in the U.S., and it used to be in Europe as well. Back before refrigeration, ham (which was cured and didn’t need refrigeration) was one of the only meats available in early spring. Nowadays, ham is still the main centerpiece on the Easter table in the U.S., but lamb has surpassed ham in Europe as the most common main dish.

We hope you enjoyed these Easter facts and learned something new! What factoid surprised you most? Let us know in the comments!

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