It’s almost Easter time!
Hello out there Pocket Change readers and welcome to a very special Easter edition of our blog. Easter is coming up on the 8th of April and for many it will be a time to get together with family and friends in a celebration of life and Spring. In fact Easter and Spring time are closely associated as Easter actually marks the Spring Equinox – a time when the day and night time hours are very nearly equal, each being 12 hours long. The Equinox actually happens around March 21st, but Easter is celebrated on the 8th of April because it was originally a festival that marked the true start of Spring and lasted several weeks. If you didn’t know that, you’re going to love the rest of this post as we’re going to learn about some fun Easter facts!
Easter – A Pagan Thing?
You’ll often hear Easter being referred to as a pagan holiday, but is it? The answer is yes and no – Easter really stems from two separate traditions. There is the pagan holiday the question refers to, but there is also the Judeo-Christian tradition which actually ties into the Jewish celebration of Passover.
By The Numbers
- 16 BILLION jelly beans are made in preparation of Easter every year. That’s enough jelly beans to fill a Maryland Plastics plastic Easter egg the size of 9 story building!
- Perhaps not so surprising after our last fact, Easter sees the most candy consumption of any holiday except for Halloween.
- Take note parents: not only do kids prefer red jelly beans over any other color, 75% are actually willing to do extra chores to get more Easter candy.
- When eating a chocolate Easter bunny, over 70% choose to eat the ears first, compared to just 5% who prefer to start with a foot – oh the humanity!
- The exchange of eggs for Easter dates back to a springtime custom older than Easter itself in which eggs were given as a symbol of rebirth in many cultures. Today it’s still possible to find fun antique wooden decorated easter eggs.