Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ among the Christians and has been celebrated over the world with much fervor. But did you know there are certain facts related to Easter that you may not know.
Even before the birth of Christianity, the egg was seen as a symbol of Spring, a celebration of the rebirth and reinvigoration after the harshness of winter. That’s why the Mesopotamians – an ancient Christian community living in an area roughly covered today by Iraq, Syria and Kuwait – used to stain eggs red to symbolise the blood of Christ.
Eggs would then be cracked against one another, leaving just empty shells – a symbol of the empty tomb Jesus left behind. The tradition survives today in the shape of egg rolling, representing the rolling away of the rock from Jesus’ tomb.
Over time, Easter eggs became more and more elaborately decorated, perhaps most famously by Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, creator of the priceless Fabergé eggs as Easter gifts for Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II.
The introduction of chocolate eggs is a relatively new phenomenon, originating in France and Germany in the 19th century. And as chocolate production became more sophisticated, the Easter festival, like Christmas, became more marketable.
Nowadays Easter is a big deal commercially – retailers and manufacturers love to get in on the holiday and persuade us to part with our cash by buying Easter eggs, cards and anything depicting bunnies.
And it could get even bigger if campaigners get their way and Easter becomes a fixed date in the calendar.
Easter is currently a “movable feast” – a date determined by the lunar calendar rather than the normal Gregorian or Julian calendars, which follow the cycle of the sun.
This means the bank holiday weekend – full of celebrations – has many of us needing a last minute dash to the shops to buy all our Easter goods.
Top Easter facts
– The first chocolate egg in the UK was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol
– On Easter Sunday, some people traditionally roll painted eggs down steep hills
– The gesture of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans.
– Back then the egg was a symbol of life
– Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week
– When tucking into a chocolate bunny rabbit, 76 per cent of people bite the ears off first.
Where does the Easter bunny come from?
We can blame the Germans for the Easter bunny. Originally an ‘Easter hare’, a buck-toothed bringer of chocolate to the kids that have behaved themselves was first mentioned in German literature in 1682. The tradition stuck, and has led to the Easter bunnies you see on the shelves today as well as the expectation for a delivery of Easter eggs on the day.
Why do we eat hot cross buns at Easter?
Hot cross buns are a traditional snack for this time of year – you probably noticed your local store stocked full of them on your last trip to the supermarket.
Scoffed on Good Friday, they mark the celebration of the end of Lent.
The cross on the top represents the crucifixion of Christ and the spices inside remind Christians of the spices put on his body.
TNT News with inputs from Mirror
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