FUN FACTS ABOUT EASTER
Yesterday I saw an article about the most expensive edible Easter egg ever made. Which got me interested in what other Easter facts are out there. So here is a list of what I have discovered so far, enjoy ….
1. In 2007, an Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million. Every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the Faberge egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise. The gold-and-pink enamel egg was made by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for French aristocrat Baron Edouard de Rothschild.
2. The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol. Founded by Joseph Fry, a Quaker, Fry’s started making chocolate in 1759. In 1795 his son, Joseph Storrs Fry, patented a method of grinding cocoa beans using a steam engine. Fry’s factory quickly became the largest commercial producer of chocolate in the UK and over the following decades produced over 200 chocolate delights, including Fry’s Chocolate Cream, Fry’s Turkish Delight and most importantly Fry’s Easter egg.
3. The largest Easter egg hunt consisted of 501,000 eggs that were searched for by 9,753 children accompanied by their parents at the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida, USA, on 1 April 2007.
4. The date of Passover varies as it is dependent on the phases of the moon, and therefore Easter is a movable feast.
5. In medieval times, a festival of ‘egg-throwing’ was held in church. The priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys, and then tossed from one choir boy to the next. When the clock struck 12, whoever held the egg, was the winner and got to keep the egg.
6. Easter is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians. This is because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian Calendar.
7. The exchange or giving of Easter eggs actually dates back to before Easter and the giving of eggs is actually considered a symbol of rebirth in many cultures. The custom of giving eggs has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life.
8. The tallest chocolate Easter egg measured 10.39 m (34 ft 1.05 in) in height and was made by Tosca (Italy). It was measured at Le Acciaierie Shopping Centre, in Cortenuova, Italy on 16 April 2011.
The chocolate Easter egg weighed 7,200 kg (15,873) and had a circumference of 19.6 m (64 ft 3.65 in) at its widest point.
9. The art of painting eggs is called “pysanka”, which originated in Ukraine. It involves using wax and dyes to colour the egg. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write” or “to in scribe”, as the designs are not painted on, but written (inscribed) with beeswax.
10. The world’s most expensive edible Easter egg was made in 2006. It was created by La Maison du Chocolat and had over a hundred half-carat diamonds encrusted into the shell. The price tag? A whopping £50,000! but the record for the most expensive non-jewelled chocolate egg is £7,000. The 50 kilo egg designed by British chocolatier William Curley was bought by technology investor Cyrus Vandrevala at the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt charity auction event. The hand-made egg took three days to make by seven artisan chocolatiers at William’s Twickenham production kitchen. Its shell is made from Amadei chocolate sourced from the Chuao region of Venezuela, which is often heralded as being the best chocolate in the world by food experts.
11. Over 500 million Cadbury’s Crème eggs are made in a year.
If you piled them all on top of each other, they’d be ten times higher than Mount Everest!
12 76% of people eat the ears on their chocolate bunny first, 5% go for the feet and 4% percent start with the tail. The remaining 15% vary where they start.
13. 43% of children say they eat their first chocolate egg before Easter Sunday,
14. Almost one in five children (19 per cent) say they’ve made themselves ill by eating too much chocolate over the Easter holidays.
15. Sales at Easter time make up 10 per cent of UK chocolate spending for the whole year.
16. The origin of the ‘crocodile finish’ you see on Easter eggs today was introduced as a decorative design originally used to disguise minor imperfections that would otherwise be very obvious on a smooth chocolate shell.
17. Only English speakers celebrate “Easter”, and not a variant of the word “Pascha”.
So why do we call it Easter? The original English pagans called the month of April “Ēosturmōnaþ” which is old English for the “Month of Ēostre.”
The English Christian decided to name the celebration which marked Jesus’ resurrection,“ after the goddess of April “Ēostre”. Which in time changed to be pronounced as “Easter”.
If you have any more interesting Easter facts please let me know. Thank you for reading. Happy Easter