Easter is this weekend and you have already likely been making appropriate preparations. Easter bonnet-check. Easter baskets-check. Easter candy-check. Easter feast-check. Easter eggs-check. Aside from having all your Easter list checked off and ready to go, there are a whole lot of fun facts out there about Easter that you might not know.
- 600 million eggs are sold in the USA during the time surrounding Easter.
- Second only to Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy consuming holiday! A holiday that seems to be another perfect excuse to eat CANDY!
- Over 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year for Easter in addition to 16 billion jellybeans! That’s enough jellybeans to fill a 9-story building!
- Easter baskets were first introduced and designed to look like bird’s nests.
- Americans will purchase over 700 million Peeps, making Peeps one of the most popular non-chocolate Easter candies.
- Kids far prefer red jellybeans to all the other colors.
- Over half of all kids will get up extra early on Easter morning in order to see what the Easter Bunny has left for them.
- Over 80% of parents in the U.S. will prepare an Easter basket for their children, perpetuating the tradition of the Easter Bunny. Some parents even go as far as to dress up in an Easter bunny costume.
- The Easter Egg Roll has been a White House lawn tradition since 1878 during the administration of Rutherford B. Hayes. This year this celebrated White House event will be held on April 1, 2013. Kids will participate in the infamous Egg Roll in addition to playing fun games and hearing stories.
- When eating a chocolate Easter Bunny, over 76% of Americans prefer to eat the ears first.
- Most adults prefer the taste of milk chocolate (65%) to dark chocolate (27%).
- The vast majority of people would prefer to have a chocolate bunny (86%) to a real, live bunny.
- Easter parades originated back in the mid-1800’s. High society folks used the Easter parade as a way of showing off their Easter hats and fancy outfits after they were finished attending their church services. They would strut their stuff up and down Fifth Avenue to show off their superb Easter finery!
- The date of Easter changes every year because it is celebrated on the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon. Because of this tradition, Easter falls anywhere from March 22nd to April 25th.
- Nearly 120 million cards will be sent or exchanged this Easter, which means it holds the #4 spot when it comes to card-sending celebrations in the U.S.
- Like most holidays, there are songs heavily associated with Easter. Some of the more popular “Easter Carols” include: “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”, and “The Easter Parade”.
- The most common Easter symbols include: The Cross, Easter Lilies, Easter Eggs and Bunnies!
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