Easter is famous for its religious ceremonies and for eating chocolate. Here is a list of funny facts you may not know about Easter.
- The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka.
- Sales at Easter time make up 10 per cent of UK chocolate spending for the whole year.
- The name Easter owes its origin from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolises hare and egg.
- On Easter Sunday in Scotland and North-East England, some people have great fun rolling painted eggs down steep hills. This is also popular in parts of America, where people push the egg along with a spoon.
- 76% of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first, 5% go for the feet and 4% opt for the tail.
- Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week.
- 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.
- The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.
- 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.
- The custom of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life.
- The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever was made in Italy in 2011. At 10.39 metres in height and 7,200 kg in weight, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant.
- In 2012, London hosted the world’s biggest-ever Easter egg hunt.
- The exchange of eggs for Easter dates back to a springtime custom older than Easter itself in which eggs were given as a symbol of rebirth in many cultures.
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