• The Easter bunny actually originates from a pagan festival celebrating the start of spring, with the Goddess called Eastre having a rabbit as her symbol – however the bunny did not become a commonly used Easter symbol until the 19th century.
• Like the Easter bunny, the sharing of eggs was common during spring celebrations, though they only became colourful and made of chocolate in more recent times.
• Easter is always observed on the 1st Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring Equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere) on March 20th. This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why the date changes each year on the Roman calendar.
• The first Easter baskets were made to look like birds’ nests.
• When it comes to eating chocolate bunnies at Easter, most children (74%) eat the ears first. The others eat the feet or the tail first.
• When buying Easter greeting cards, designs with Easter eggs on them are the most popular according to Hallmark.
• Nearly 90 million chocolate bunnies are made each Easter – that’s a lot of chocolate!
• The biggest Easter egg ever made according to the Guinness Book of World Records was over 25 foot tall and weighed almost 9,000 pounds. It was so big it had to be supported by a steel frame!
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