Easter 411

2 04 2010

Spring has sprung! The cold grey winter (the “a bit chilly” season in California) has passed and summer is only a few short months away! Easter is this weekend, and there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate. Ever wonder where the word “Easter” came from? It actually derives from the name, “Eostre” who was the North Saxon’s goddess of spring. The goddess Easter represents the sunrise, spring-time and fertility and the renewal of life. Rabbits and eggs are popular symbols for Easter because they also represent new life.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is also the reason we celebrate Easter. Christians believe the egg to symbolize the tomb where Jesus was buried and the life that sprung forth from the “shell.” One account of the origin of Easter eggs is when the Italian Emperor Tiberias stated that the resurrection of Christ was as likely to happen as a red egg. After Christ resurrected, Mary Magdelene brought an egg to the emperor and when she proclaimed that Christ had risen, it miraculously turned red. Many cultures started painting their eggs red for Easter in remembrance.

Some fun facts about Easter!


1.) For Americans, Easter is the second most important holiday to eat candy, and lots of it! According to the National Confectioner’s Association, Americans consumed seven billion pounds of candy on Easter in 2001. So, what’s the first most candy-eating occasion of the year? Halloween of course!

2.) Nearly 120 million cards will be sent, exchanged, and given this Easter, which means it holds the fourth spot of the largest card-sending celebration in the U.S.

3.) Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow peeps during the Easter holiday, which makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.

4.) Besides chocolate, what other candy pops its head around the corner during Easter time? Jelly beans! An astounding 16 billion jelly beans are made exclusively for Easter. That’s enough beans to fill a plastic egg the size of a nine story building!

5.) In the early 19th century, the first chocolate eggs were made in Europe. They remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.

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