10 things you didn’t know about Easter

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10 things you didn’t know about Easter

Easter has transformed beyond its religious roots over the years and we’re once again almost upon this holiday weekend. Whether you associate Easter with chocolate eggs, chicks or the symbol of the cross, here are 10 things you may not know about Easter to impress your loved ones with however you plan to spend the coming weekend: 

 

1. The egg being used as a symbol of Easter dates back to Pagan traditions celebrating the beginning of spring. It symbolizes fertility, re-birth and new life. It is also considered to be a symbol of earth’s connection to nature because of its rounded bottom mimicking a planet shape with new life inside.

 

2. 500 million Cadbury crème eggs are produced every year. These are a popular easter chocolate egg in the UK and are usually found in the shops as early as January.

 

3. Weighing an impressive 7,00kg and 10.39 metres high, the tallest ever Easter egg to date was made in Italy in 2011.

4. Germany is the origin of the Easter bunny. The idea of a bunny giving out candies and eggs dates to the middle ages with the first written mention in 16th century German literature.

 

5. Speaking of Germany, it is technically illegal to dance on Good Friday out of respect for the religious holiday. This is not often enforced but if you find yourself in Berlin between 4am and 9pm on Good Friday then you better watch out for the police.

 

6. Easter is a movable date dependent on the phases of the moon. Western Christianity allocates the Passover date to the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox.

 

 

7. The official flower of Easter is the white lily.

 

8. The name ‘Easter’ is considered to be linked to the goddess Eostre (or Eastr) who was thought to historically have been celebrated at the beginning of spring.

 

9. The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.

 

10. Some people believe that wearing a new outfit on Easter will ensure good luck throughout the year. This tradition is thought to have started in New York in the 1800’s and is still observed today with new Easter outfits shown off during the Easter parades, the most prominent of which takes place on Fifth Avenue.  

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