Why do we celebrate Easter?
Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians celebrate Easter on a Sunday as, according to the bible, it was the day Jesus rose from the dead, having been crucified on “Good Friday”, two days before. Centuries ago in 325, it was decided by a council of Christian bishops that Easter Day would always be on a Sunday to honour the joyous occasion.
Why Easter Eggs?
As Christianity gained momentum in Western Europe, the church adapted many pagan customs and the egg, as a symbol of new life, came to represent the Resurrection. Some Christians considered the egg a symbol for the stone being rolled from the sepulchre.
Easter eggs were originally painted chicken or duck eggs that were decorated at home in bright colours with vegetable dye and charcoal, to be given to children as gifts. Orthodox Christians and many cultures still decorate Easter eggs with a variety of dyes and other media. Chocolate Easter eggs were first made in Europe in the early 19th century, with France and Germany leading the way. Today they are mass produced in enormous quantities and sold in supermarkets and stores across the world!
Did you know?
• Standing 10.39 metres tall, and weighing in at 7.2 tonnes, the largest Easter Egg was created in Italy in 2011.
• Research shows that 76% of people eat the ears of the chocolate bunny first, followed by only 5% who eat the feet and 4% for the tail.
• It’s commonly believed that the name Easter is derived from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolises the hare and the egg.
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