Leading up to this blessed day of Easter, we wanted to share a few fun facts.
- 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!
2. The Easter Bunny tradition made its way to the US in the 18th century. It is believed to have originated in Europe where it was actually the Easter Hare. Other Easter traditions include wearing Easter bonnets, making Easter baskets and having Easter egg hunts.
3. The white lily, the symbol of the resurrection, is the special Easter flower.
4. Jellybeans were first made in America by Boston candy maker William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War.
5. The date of Passover is variable as it is dependent on the phases of the moon, and thus Easter is a movable feast.
6. The name Easter owes its origin from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg.
7. In the old days pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayer.
9. Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over.
10. Christians consider Easter eggs to symbolize joy and celebration, new life and resurrection.
These were posted by Josef way back in April of 2014 but certainly are timeless!
Joy – be sure to hold onto the joy of the Easter season. He is risen!