10 things you probably didn’t know about Easter

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EASTER is the Sunday that marks the end of the Holy Week, an event that commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s heavily influenced by the Christian faith as it reminds believers to remember the last sacrifice of the Son of God.

But it’s also a time of celebration with Easter Eggs, bunnies and families.

Here it is then. Everything you ever wanted to know about Easter but were afraid to ask. It’ll be very eggciting! Oh come on – it had to be done … get cracking!

1) Origin of the word Easter:

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2) Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week.

3) The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.

4)  The custom of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life.

5) In folklore the Easter Bunny is a hare not a rabbit and lays eggs.

6) Easter is also known as Pasch or Pascha.

7)  In 2007, an egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million. The egg is very special because, every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise!

8) The Easter Bunny tradition made its way to the US in the 18th century. It is believed to have originated in Europe where it was actually the Easter Hare. Other Easter traditions include wearing Easter bonnets, making Easter baskets and having Easter egg hunts.

9) Easter is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians. That’s because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian Calendar.

10) The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever was made in Italy in 2011. At 10.39 metres in height and 7,200 kg in weight, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant!

ANGELA ATKINSON

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