Easter is a Christian holiday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus which supposedly took place three days after he was buried. His death was caused by crucifixion by Romans in 30 AD. It is written in the New Testament of the Christian bible. It is believed that the name Easter comes from the goddess Eostara who was the goddess of rebirth. It is believed that the Feast of Eostara was a celebration of resurrection and rebirth, hence why the two things have been linked.
Where does the idea Easter Eggs come from?
There are a few reasons why eggs are associated with Easter. Firstly, the link to Eostara because they are synonymous with birth and new beginnings. Eggs have also long been part of pagan festivals celebrating spring and spring and Easter is always in the spring. It is also believed that eggs represent the emergence of Jesus from his tomb, his resurrection.
What about the Easter Bunny?
Bizarrely the Easter bunny comes from the idea of an egg laying hare called osterhase, this tradition was brought to the US in the 1700s with German immigrants. These hares would lay eggs and children would make nests. The Osterhase lays coloured eggs which is a theory for why you often see painted eggs (another being that the coloured eggs represent the blood of Christ).
Where did Easter Eggs come from?
Whilst it is believed the John Cadbury made the first ever chocolate egg in 1842, known as ‘French eating chocolate’ it was Fry’s of Bristol that made the first UK chocolate egg in 1873. It wasn’t until 1875 that Cadbury started making chocolate eggs for Easter. For a long time it was traditional hollow chocolate eggs that were given as gifts but as time has gone on we have seen the introduction of filled eggs, chocolate bunnies, sweets and Easter ice cream treats grace the shelves of our supermarkets.
Facts about Easter
- The average number of eggs a child in the UK receives is 9
- The most expensive Easter egg was sold for nearly £9 million pounds in 2007, it was made by Faberge and was covered in diamonds.
- Each UK household spends around £75 every year on Easter eggs and Easter treats
- Easter chocolate sales account for 10% of all sales of chocolate in the UK over a whole year. That’s a lot of chocolate!
- The worlds largest Easter egg hunt took place in London in 2012
- The Cadburys cream egg is the most popular Easter egg in the UK with over 500 million sold every year.
- Nearly half of people admit to eating an Easter egg before Easter Sunday
- In 1920 it was passed through Parliament that Easter would fall on the second Sunday of April every year, but this motion has never been implemented