Did you ever wonder where Easter originated? Have you ever tried to make the link between Jesus Christ and chocolate eggs? The origins of Easter are obscure and seem to have been taken on by a number of different religions for varying purposes…
Christians celebrate Easter as the resurrection of Christ on the third day after His crucifixion.
It seems to be a common misconception that Easter stems from the bible. Nowhere in the bible does it mention Lent, chocolate eggs, Easter egg hunts or bunnies. There are no verses endorsing Easter celebrations anywhere in the bible.
It is widely accepted that Easter is a pagan festival and taken on by many cultures as a symbol of rebirth. In its early years, the Christian faith made a pragmatic acceptance of ancient pagan practises, most of which we know today at Easter.
Easter gets its name from Eastre, who was the Anglo-Saxon goddess that symbolizes the hare and the egg. This may explain the origins of the Easter bunny.
The Easter Bunny tradition landed on the shores of the US in the 18th century, but is believed to have originated in Europe. This saw the start of many other favourite Easter traditions such as eating your body weight in chocolate, making Easter bonnets, Easter egg hunts and making Easter baskets.
Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church and decorating Easter eggs which is seen as a symbol of the empty tomb.
The first chocolate egg produced in the UK was made in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.
On average, each UK household spends £75 on Easter treats every year!
The world’s most popular chocolate egg is British-made Cadbury’s Creme Egg. 1.5 million Crème Eggs are made in Birmingham EVERY DAY!
43 per cent of children say they will eat their first Easter egg before Easter Sunday. The average time for children to eat their first Easter egg is 11am on Easter Sunday morning.
One in five kids (19 per cent) say they’ve made themselves ill by gorging on chocolate over the Easter holidays.
At double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week, every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 chocolate eggs every year.
Americans will consume more than 16 million jelly beans during this holiday. That’s enough jelly beans to circle the globe three times!
How do you eat your chocolate bunny? 76 percent of people bite off the ears first, while 5 percent will go for the feet first, with 4 per cent opting for the tail.
Northern Energy would like to wish everybody a very Happy Easter!!!