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Easter Facts & Easter History

Origin of Easter, Easter Bunny Fun Facts & Why Easter Eggs

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History of Easter Traditions

Easter facts are just about as colorful as the jelly beans you can nibble during this spring holiday. Easter history scholars know that this day is the most important holiday in Christianity as it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This religious origin of Easter is, today, combined with a general celebration of spring's arrival, which is marked by parades, Easter egg hunts, and, of course, sweet candy delivered by the Easter bunny. Read the interesting Easter fun facts we've unearthed as you treat yourself to some jelly bean Easter eggs and other tasty Easter candy.

To find out why Easter eggs play such a vital role in the holiday, we first have to look into the bouncing, floppy-eared source of Easter eggs, better known as the Easter bunny. Easter bunny fun facts begin with German settlers who brought the idea of an Easter hare with them to America in the 18th century. A full history of Easter bunny facts shows that early American children built nests made of leaves and sticks in anticipation of the Easter hare's visit. Here is where the history of Easter eggs begins, because, according to folklore, early Easter bunnies colored eggs for children who were good. According to Easter candy history, it was in the 19th century when the Easter hare transformed into the Easter bunny, and jelly bean Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, and other sweets were added to the bunny's holiday gifts.

Easter bunny fun facts certainly apply to Americans who celebrate Easter, but the Easter bunny isn't the only animal adored on this holiday. The origin of Easter bunnies may not be so interesting to, say, the Swiss, who believe another animal brings treats at Easter. Their history of Easter eggs claims cuckoos deliver colorful Easter eggs to children. Easter fun facts and folklore of Germany even includes an Easter fox.

Studying Easter history, we have to look at the sweet fun facts surrounding Easter candy. One of the tastiest Easter bunny fun facts is that the first edible Easter bunnies were made of pastry and sugar. Some other Easter facts: Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind Halloween, and about 16 billion jelly beans are made each year for Easter. To our Easter bunny fun facts and candy fun facts add this little gem: 16 billion jelly beans are enough to completely fill a plastic Easter egg that's 89 feet high and 60 feet wide, or about the height of a nine-story office building!
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