Whether or not you celebrate Easter as a Christian Holiday or you simply enjoy the eggs and candy Easter has become a cherished holiday on your calendar. Now you can impress your friends and family with little known facts about his holiday.
There are so many things to look forward to such as warm summer days, summer vacations, green pastures and lazy days on the beach of wherever else you relax.
Easter 2013 itself is a great time to see the family, make plans, spring clean the house and get ready for the summer days ahead.
Our websites tries to capture the essence of Easter by bring together some fresh ideas, tips and suggestions to make this Easter 2013 special.
Origins of Easter
It might come as a surprise to you that Easter actually has pagan origins. The word Easter is derived from the name of an ancient goddess named Eastre. Each year the pagans celebrated Eastre at the spring equinox. Eastre’s earthly symbol was the rabbit which symbolized fertility. The pagans celebrated with a lot of other rituals that were, to today’s standards, evil. Easter has since become incredibly commercialized and the eggs and chocolate rabbits are the only tradition that remains of the original pagan celebration.
For a large portion of the world, Easter also represents a Christian holiday. Easter marks the day in which Jesus rose from the grave three days after his crucifixion. This is the most important holiday in the Christian church because it represents the core events in which the religion is based. Due to the commercialization of Easter, many churches and church groups have adopted the phrase Resurrection Sunday instead of Easter.
Interesting facts about Easter :
-Easter eggs are used in the celebration because they are a symbol of rebirth.
-The first Easter baskets were made to look like birds nests. This is still evident today as can be seen every year with Easter grass.
-Chocolate eggs were first produced in Europe.
-Each year, 90 million chocolate rabbits are produced and sold.
-If you want to start a confectionary business, Easter and -Halloween will be the make or break you holidays.
-Easter egg painting has a term associated with it. It is officially called pysanka.
-Painted eggs were originally left in fields as an offering to bring about fertility.
-78% of people prefer to eat the ears off of their chocolate rabbit first.
-In medeiveal times an easter egg throwing festival was celebrated by priests an choir boys. Whoever held the egg at the strike of 12 won the festival.
-The most famous decorated eggs are those created by Peter Carl Fabrage. These eggs were originally created for the Czar of Russia in 1883. These eggs are still created by the company in Russia today.
-The most expensive Easter egg costs $100,000 and is a Stella egg encrusted with diamonds.
-The world’s largest Easter Egg is located is located Vegreville, Canada and is 31.6 feet tall.
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