Calling your loved ones on Easter & getting to know more about this celebration
We know that Easter marks the end of Lent, and represents the resurrection of Christ, but it’s also a time for family members to get together and enjoy one another. The pandemic has shown us that this “getting together” can also be virtual, just by calling your loved ones or meeting online.
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7 fun facts that you didn’t know about Easter
We celebrate it every year, but do we know everything there is to know about Easter? We’ll put you to the test then. Here are 7 fun facts that you might not know about this celebration. Do they ring a bell?
#1 The Easter Bunny legend began in Germany
Have you ever wondered where the Easter Bunny story began? Well, the story of a rabbit bringing eggs doesn’t make a lot of sense, so there must be a reason as to why every year children rush to see what treats the bunny has left for them.
The origin of the Easter Bunny dates back hundreds of years, beginning in pre-Christian Germany. Here, the rabbit was said to be the symbol of the Pagan Goddess of Spring and Fertility. As Christianity spread across Europe, Pagan traditions were blended with Christian holidays, which saw the Easter Bunny lay a nest of colorful (today, chocolate) eggs for children who were well-behaved on Easter Sunday.
#2 In the US, painting eggs originates from a Ukrainian tradition
For countless generations, Ukrainians have been decorating eggs as a calling out to the Gods and Goddesses of health and fertility. This traditional act of pysanka (“pih-sahn-kah”) is made by using wax and dyes, but this colourful custom didn’t take off until Ukrainian immigrants came to the U.S.
#3 Just how big can an Easter egg be?
Standing at 31ft tall and 18ft wide is the world’s largest Easter egg. Found in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada, the egg weighs a hefty 5000lbs and took 12,000 hours to complete.
Named the Vegreville Pysanka, the world’s largest Easter egg is actually more of a jigsaw than a sculpture, as it is made from 3500 pieces of aluminum.
#4 Pretzels used to be associated with Easter
When we think of Easter, chocolate, hot-cross buns, and eggs usually spring to mind. But did you know that pretzels are also an Easter snack? Pretzels are associated with Easter because the twists resemble arms crossing in prayer. From the 1950s, it was tradition for Germans to eat a pretzel and a hard-boiled egg for dinner on Good Friday.
#5 The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in Bristol in 1873
Have you ever wondered who started the trend of tucking into chocolate-shaped eggs on Easter Sunday? It was during the 19th century that the Fry family of Bristol ran the largest chocolate factory in the world and produced the first chocolate egg, in 1873. It was two years later in 1875 that saw Cadbury’s make their first Easter egg.
#6 Easter clothes used to be considered good luck
Old superstition held that if you wore new clothes on Easter, you would have good luck for the rest of the year. In fact, it was so widely believed that upper-class New Yorkers would quite literally strut their stuff coming out of mass in beautiful and well-to-do Fifth Avenue churches. This tradition became the basis of the modern Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival in New York.
#7 Why do Orthodox Christians in the Middle East and in Greece paint eggs bright red?
The red color represents the blood of Christ shed at his crucifixion. The red-colored egg is also a housekeeper and it will be saved until next Easter in order to protect family members.