11 interesting facts about Easter

  • First mention of the Easter Bunny was in the 17th century.
  • Chocolate egg is somewhat a recent phenomenon. First mentions of the tradition of the chocolate eggs were in the 19th century.
  • Easter is one of the oldest Christian holidays.
  • Every year in the United States 11 million eggs are donated to people in need from farmers.
  • In 2011 in Italy the tallest Easter Egg was made from chocolate. It was more than 10 meters high and weighted more than 7 tons!
  • In some countries wearing new clothes on Easter said to be bringing good luck for the upcoming year.
  • People in the US spend around $15 billion every year on Easter.
  • There was a tradition in the medieval times, where the priest would throw an egg to one of the choir boys, who tossed it to the next. When the clock hit noon, the holder of the egg won and got to keep it.
  • The origin of the name Easter comes from an Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eastre.
  • Almost 100 billion chocolate eggs are produced in the US every year.
  • The tradition of decorating Easter eggs comes from an ancient tradition called Pysanka.