Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Trivia

It's Easter and I thought it might be fun to run through a little bit of trivia about Easter.

Easter is a Christian holiday, but like many other religious holidays, some of the things associated with the holiday have been borrowed from other belief systems. The Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs were adapted to the Christian holiday. The hare and the egg are symbols of the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eastre. 

There are 90 million chocolate Easter Bunnies produced each year. That's a lot of bunnies.

Some people claim that pretzels were originally associated with Easter. They symbolized the crossed arms of Jesus. 

Legends state that the robin's red breast comes from a robin attempting to help Jesus remove his crown of thorns. As the robin moved one of thorns in the crown to ease Jesus' pain a drop of his blood splattered on the robin. The robin has had a red breast since then. There's a great book about the legend called The Legend of the Easter Robin

Coloring eggs for Easter has been around for a long time. It dates back at least to the Medieval times where English Kings gave out hundreds of decorated eggs to the household. These eggs were pretty special. They had gold leafed decorations. Wouldn't you like that from the Easter Bunny?

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