Easter Facts by Tom Dowell

Easter Facts 
by Tom Dowell
 
  • Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christian religion.
  • Eggs have been seen as ancient symbol of fertility, while springtime is considered to bring new life and rebirth.
  • Americans spend $1.9 billion on Easter candy. That’s the second biggest candy holiday after Halloween.
  • 70% of Easter candy purchased is chocolate.
  • 76% of Americans think the ears of a chocolate bunny should be the first to be eaten.
  • Egg dyes were once made out of natural items such as onion peels, tree bark, flower petals, and juices.
  • The first story of a rabbit (later named the “Easter Bunny”) hidings eggs in a garden was published in 1680.
  • Easter takes place on a Sunday, after 40-day period called Lent. Lent is referred to as a time of fasting, but participants focus more on giving up one significant indulgence.
 
Holy Week is celebrated during the week leading up to Easter. It begins on Palm Sunday, continues on to Good Friday, and then finally, Easter Sunday.
 
“The White House Easter Egg Roll” event has been celebrated by the President of the United States and their families since 1878.
 
So let us not forget the real reason of Easter – “He has risen! He is not here.”  – Mark 16:6