Easter is one of the most beloved and sacred holidays of the year. It doesn’t matter how frequently you go to church on the big day; there are so many lovely traditions to enjoy. From easter chocolate bunnies, brightly coloured Easter baskets stuffed with eggs and gifts for kids to the massive brunches and scrumptious dinners making the occasion all the more joyous. People dress up their places inside and out with festive Easter decorations too! But amidst all the happiness and celebrations, have you ever pondered on Easters’ facts? If not, then this blog would be an interesting read!
There’s a whole lot of history behind Easter’s most iconic customs and symbols, from dyed eggs to the origin of the Easter bunny. You’d find some of the most interesting facts in this blog, including historical tidbits with surprising information about newer Easter practices. So, whether you want to expand your knowledge or would like some good trivia questions to ask before your turn on your favourite Easter movie, we have compiled a list of fun and interesting facts about Easter. Scroll down to read.
Eggs Are Dyed To Represent Christ’s Blood
In orthodox and ancient catholic churches, eggs were dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ before being blessed and distributed to congregants. So, the tradition of dyeing Easter Eggs is said to date back to ancient Mesopotamia. Nowadays, it continues in secular fashion and in Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches, where eggs are dyed, then blessed and passed out to handmaidens.
Dressing Up for The Event is Based on a Superstition
While you might think that dressing up on Easter is just a sign of respect and honouring the occasion, that’s not the case! At least it wasn’t in 19th century New York when residents believed that wearing a new dud on Easter would bring them luck for the whole year. It is estimated that $3.3 billion is spent on Easter finery.
It is Illegal to Dance on Easter
Good Friday, which is the start of Easter weekend, it is illegal to shake a leg in public in most states in Germany, shocking! right!? Even Europe’s clubbing capital, Berlin, has become a dance-free zone out of respect for the holy day. However, in Baden-Württemberg, music is allowed, but dancing is not permitted, whilst in Bavaria, if you are caught playing the music of any kind in a bar, you could be fined up to 10,000 euros. So, better not dance, or you’ll be bankrupt. But the intention behind this ban is out of respect for Christians, who mourn the death of Jesus on Good Friday.
Back in 2001, an Easter Egg was sold for £9 million
The world’s most expensive egg was probably sold at Christie’s in London for £9 million back in 200, breaking all the records! The enamelled egg was made with a multi-coloured cockerel which at every hour pops out of the egg and flaps his wings before nodding his head three times. This gold royal egg was made by Karl Fabergé in St Petersberg in 1920 and is the second-largest egg ever made by Fabergé.
Dark Chocolate Isn’t the Only Option!
Whether you prefer eating dark chocolate Easter eggs or chocolate bunnies, chances are they’re most likely to be made with milk chocolate. It seems only 15 percent of Americans like dark chocolate. Adults are actually twice as likely to go for the milky stuff, so keep that in mind if you’re investing in buying a sweet Easter surprise. Nevertheless, a total of $2.5 billion is spent on chocolate at Easter.
Stock Up All Those Easter Bunnies
According to the National Confectioners Association, milk chocolate’s suggested maximum storage time is eight to twelve months. To all the dark chocolate lovers, your confections for up to two years! You can have it anytime you want if it’s intact in its packaging and kept in a cool, dark and dry place. Grab all Easter chocolate deals to stock up on your favourite chocolates, so you won’t have to compromise on your choices last minute when all your favourites vanish from the shelves.
Easter Bunny tradition started in Germany
The story of rabbits bringing eggs doesn’t make much sense, right? Well, there must be a reason why every year children rush to see what treat this mythical creature has left for them. Fun fact; just like Santa has no Christian importance to Christmas; the Easter Bunny also has no real relation to this religious day. The hares and eggs were both a sign of fertility in Germany during the Middle Ages, and it was during this period, that the legend of an egg-laying, candy-giving bunny was born.