With Easter upon us, everywhere you go, store shelves are filled with chocolate bunnies and chicks and the more modern chocolate footballs and tractors. Not being a religious person, I don’t look at it with any type of significance other than it was the only day as a child we got to each chocolate first thing in the morning and I got to wear black patent leather shoes, my Easter bonnet and purse and my little white gloves. I would fill up my little Easter purse with candy eggs that I found in my basket and head over to visit my best friend at the time, a little boy named Timmy, who lived around the corner, so I could share my eggs with him and we could compare Easter baskets. Those days are just mere memories now, but they always make me smile when I think of them.
Loving weird and strange things and with the internet being a plethora of information, I took an opportunity to do a bit of research on Easter and found these interesting facts on Easter.
1. The largest Easter egg hunt took place in Florida on 1st April 2007 where 9,753 children searched for 501,000 Easter eggs!
2. An Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million in 2007, it was commissioned by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for a French aristocrat.
3. An average UK household spends around £75 on Easter each year!
4. 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year In the USA.
5. Easter sales account for 10 per cent of UK chocolate sales for the whole year.
6. The first UK chocolate egg was produced by Fry’s of Bristol in 1873.
7. The tallest ever chocolate Easter egg was made in 2011 in Italy, weighing 7,200kg and standing 10.39 metres tall which makes it heavier than an elephant and taller than a giraffe.
8. The tradition of giving eggs at Easter time has been tracked back to the Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, they used to give eggs as a gift as to them it was a symbol of life.
9. The White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year. The tradition was introduced by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.
10. The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is unsurprisingly the Cadburys Cream Egg.
And I can’t let Easter go by without thinking of this. I remember seeing it on a card in the Hallmark store and I laughed for days. I mean, who wouldn’t find this funny.
So whatever Easter means to you, most importantly it is a time to spend with family, enjoy a good meal and eat chocolate.
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