Easter is upon us already and we are a quarter of the way through the year, eek.
For many people Easter is a deeply religious event; for others not that way inclined, it is a celebration of chocolate and hot cross buns!
I’ve had an interesting few hours doing my research for this particular blog. My initial thoughts were “what are some interesting or fun facts about Easter?” So I googled exactly that; and here are my top 11 facts. (I take no responsibility for the correctness or incorrectness of these facts. It’s what Google told me 🙂 )
- Did you know that the worlds biggest Easter egg weighed in at 7200kg and measured 10.39m in height. It was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant.
- Did you know that some European cultures allow men to go from door to door and whip any women that they come across? Apparently any woman who is hit will be blessed with beauty, health and fertility for the coming year.
- Did you know that Easter Trees are a big thing in Germany? They are often decorated all year round and added to every year.
- The word “Easter” is derived from “Eastre”; the Anglo-Saxon goddess of sunrise and spring; or light and dawn. There is also mention of being the goddess of fertility and due to the nature of hares/rabbits breeding (like the term “they are breeding like rabbits”), she has been associated with them. This is why rabbits are so plentiful at Easter.
- The largest Easter egg hunt took place in Florida on 1st April 2007 where 9,753 children searched for 501,000 Easter eggs!
- In Norway, it is popular to read a detective or crime novel over the Easter long-weekend.
- “The White House Easter Egg Roll” event has been celebrated by the President of the United States and their families since 1878. I wonder if we will see Trump on a roll?!!
- We all love a chocolate Easter bunny, apparently 76% of us bite the ears first, and 5% go for the feet and the last 4% chomp off the tail. Not quite sure what the other 15% do?!
- The date of Easter can be traced back to the time of the Roman Empire; Emperor Constantine ruled that Easter is to be celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon, this is the day of maximum light – 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of moonlight.
- For Christians, Easter symbolises the resurrection of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion.
- A campaign was started in 1991 by the Anti-Rabbit Research Foundation to replace the Easter Bunny with the Easter Bilby, which is an endangered species.
What do you do for Easter? Are staying home or going away, being with family or friends or enjoying your own company; or even working to look after our sick and elderly or our pets?