Fun Easter Facts for Kids
What is Easter?
- Easter is the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his the promise of eternal life.
Where did the Name Easter Come From?
- Easter is also known as Pasch or Pascha.
- Some people believe the word Easter comes from the pagan holiday honoring Eostre the pagan goddess of Spring which symbolized rebirth.
- Others believe the word Easter comes from the German word eostarun meaning dawn and white.
When is Easter Celebrated?
- Easter is now celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on the Spring Equinox between March 22nd and April 25th
- Easter is celebrated at the end of Lent on the last day of Holy Week.
- Holy Week starts off with Palm Sunday the following Good Thursday the day of the Last Supper, Good Friday the day of Jesus crucifixion and Sunday the day Jesus rose which is now the celebration of Easter.
Where Does the Tradition of Coloring Easter Eggs Come From?
- The Christian tradition of staining Easter Eggs started with Christians of Mesopotamia. They would stain their eggs red to represent “the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion.” The egg later became a symbol of Jesus’s resurrection. Some Christians believe that cracking open an Easter egg symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus.
- The traditional word for painting Easter eggs is called pysanka.
- Exchanging painted eggs started in ancient civilizations with people such as the Egyptians and Persians. The would exchange eggs as a symbol of fertility and new life.
Why a Rabbit for Easter?
- Rabbits and Hares were also symbols of fertility.
- In folkore the Easter Bunny is a hare not a rabbit and lays eggs. Real hares and rabbits do not lay eggs.
- The idea of the Easter Bunny originated in Germany.
- The idea of the Easter Bunny was brought to the US by German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania Dutch Country in the 1700s.
- Germans believed the Easter Bunny was a white hare that would leave colorful eggs for good girls and boys on Easter Morning.
- The girls and boys would wake up Easter morning and build nests out of sticks and leaves so the Easter Bunny can leave them the eggs. This is how the first Easter Hunts started.
- Original Easter baskets were made to look like nests now children receive colorful baskets filled with eggs and candies from the Easter Bunny.
- The first edible Easter Bunnies were made in Germany in the early 1800s. They were made pastry and sugar.
More Fun Facts about Easter
- Pretzels were a food that was associated with Easter. It is believed that pretzels are the world’s oldest snack food. History says its origin dates back to 610AD when an Italian Monk used dough left over for baking bread to make pretzels. He folded the dough over to make it looks like children’s arms folded when they pray.
Easter is the second largest candy consuming holiday. Halloween is the first.
- Everyday 5 million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are made to prepare or Easter.
- Peeps are the most popular non chocolate Easter candy.
- Around 700 million peeps are sold for Easter.
- Jellybeans became an Easter tradition in the 1930’s.
- 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter.
- Cherry or red is the most popular flavor/color jellybean.
- 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter.
- When most people eat chocolate Easter bunnies they eat the ears first.
- The most popular chocolate eggs are Cadbury Cream Eggs.
- Every year there is a big Easter Hunt Hunt at the White House in Washington D.C to celebrate Easter.
- The first Easter Egg Hunt or Roll at the White House was in 1878 while President Rutherford B. Hayes was in office.
According to the Guiness Book of World Records the largest Chocolate Easter Egg was made in Cortenuova Italy. It had a circumference of 64ft 3.65 inches and weighed in at 15873 pounds in April 2011.
The largest decorated Easter Egg was made in Portugal in march 2008. It stood 48ft 6 inches tall and had a diameter of 27ft.
The largest Easter Egg Hunt happened at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven Florida. The hunt consisted of 501,000 Easter Eggs!