The origin of the Easter Bunny dates back hundreds of years, beginning in pre-Christian Germany. The hare was said to be the symbol of spring and fertility. As Christianity spread across Europe, pagan traditions blended with Christian holidays, which saw the Easter Bunny lay colorful eggs for well-behaved children on Easter Sunday.
More than 1.5 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are produced every day. That is 500 million creme eggs per year! If you stacked them on top of each other, you’d have a tower 10x higher than Mount Everest.
Decorating Easter eggs is derived from a Ukrainian tradition. This traditional act called “pysanka,” involved the use of waxes and dyes, taking off after Ukrainian immigrants came to the U.S.
The world’s largest Easter egg in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada, stands 31-feet tall, 18-feet wide, and weighs 5,000 lbs.
Soft pretzels used to be associated with Easter. It was custom in Germany to eat a pretzel and a hard boiled egg for Easter, because the pretzel twists resembled arms crossed in prayer.
The date of Easter changes each year because it is decided by the moon. Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon, which is said to signal the beginning of spring.
Easter baskets, traditionally used to collect eggs and candy, actually symbolize nests and new life– ideal for this particular holiday.
Many American Easter dinners feature ham because of the timing of the holiday. This is because hams cured during the winter months would be ready to serve in early spring.
Easter lilies are beautiful blooms that originated in Japan and later arrived in England around the late 18th century, eventually making it to the U.S. after World War I. They transition from bulbs to delicate flowers, symbolizing hope and rebirth.
A new Easter outfit was meant to bring good luck. It was said that if you wore new clothing on Easter, you’d have good luck the rest of the year.