Need to brush up on your Easter trivia? Want to know more about the Easter holiday? Most of us don’t really know the origin and meaning of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs. While you plan your Easter celebration and pen your Easter cards consider these Easter facts and Easter trivia to get you up to speed on the origin of modern Easter traditions.
The Bunny and The Baskets
- Why an Easter bunny rabbit and not a hare? In earlier times the Easter bunny was associated with hares and not rabbits. Later on, Easter rabbits exchanged places with hares, as rabbits are said to be a symbol of fruitfulness and fertility. This interchange happened because rabbits reproduce very quickly. Christians changed the symbol of the rabbit to the Easter Bunny.
- The Story of the Easter nest. An Easter nest is closely associated with this festive holiday. Children make nests out of leaves, moss and grasses. Then they place these nests in their yard. They believe that during the night the Easter bunny will come and fill their nest with bright colored eggs.
- Tradition of burning an Easter-eve fire. This tradition of Easter Eve fire is mostly celebrated in Texas. It originated from a German tradition. For this custom children are told that the Easter Bunny is burning wild flowers to make his dyes.
- Tradition of Easter Chocolate Basket. The tradition of a chocolate Easter basket is most commonly practiced by Americans. It is also believed by American children that on this day, the Easter Bunny will bring a basket full of chocolates, candies and Easter eggs for them.
- Traditional Easter Egg Hunt Game. No Easter celebration is complete without an Easter egg hunt. The party host tends to hide Easter eggs in the yard and the kids are supposed to fetch them. The one who finds the most eggs is the winner. Some children even leave carrots in their yard for the Easter bunnies.
- Where has the idea of egg laying rabbit originated? It is believed that the idea of egg-laying rabbit came to the America’s in the 1700’s through immigrants from Germany.
- The Egg painting custom is traditionally known as “Pysanka”.
- The reason for painting Easter eggs in bright color’s is that they represent the bright sunlight of spring time.
- The egg is believed to be the symbol of life and rebirth since early times of Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans.
- Easter’s most valuable eggs were hand crafted in the 1880’s. Made by the great goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge, they were commissioned by Czar Alexander III of Russia as gifts for his wife, Czarina Maria Feodorovna. The first Faberge egg, presented in 1886, measured two and a half inches long and had a simple exterior.
- In the Greek Orthodox culture, Easter eggs are traditionally painted red.
Some More Easter Facts & Trivia
- The most famously known Easter event took place in the year 1878. This year president Hayes and his wife Lucy officially opened the White House grounds to the children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. Since then, this event is held each year.
- Their are ten growers, most located along the California-Oregon border, in an area known as the “Easter Lily Capital of the World,” that produce 95 percent of all bulbs grown in the world for the potted Easter lily market. They produce over 11 million bulbs annually for shipping to commercial greenhouses.
- Americans spend 2 billion dollars on Easter goodies. They consume 7.1 billion pounds of Easter treats each year.
- The inaugural chocolate eggs recipes were made in Europe during the nineteenth century.
- Each year witnesses their are nearly 90 million chocolate bunnies.
- According to a survey, 76% of people prefer to eat the ears of a chocolate Easter bunny first before any other part.
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