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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Easter

Morgan Culton, Staff Writer

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When white rabbits, plastic eggs and brightly colored candies appear en masse, we know that it’s time for Easter. But where did these bizarre traditions come from? In honor of this recent holiday, here are some little known facts about Easter.

 

1. Easter got its name from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the hare and egg known as Eastre (Elitedaily.com).

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2. Exchanging Easter eggs actually originated well before Easter. Giving eggs, in many cultures, is deemed as a symbol of rebirth (Elitedaily.com).

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3. In 2011, the largest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy. It was over 34 feet (10.39 meters) tall and weighed about 15,873 pounds (7200 kilograms) (List25.com).

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4. The act of painting eggs originated in Ukraine and is known as Pysanka (List25.com).

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5. Because the twists were viewed as similar to arms crossing in prayer, pretzels used to be associated with Easter (List25.com).

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6. In the U.S. alone, more than 16 million jelly beans are consumed. That is enough to go around the Earth 3 times (Softschools.com).

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7. It is said that wearing new clothing on Easter will bring good luck for the year (Softschools.com).

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8. In 2010, the largest chocolate bunny was created in South Africa. The bunny stood 12 feet tall and weighed 3 tons (Softschools.com).

(Photo Credit to Craftycorner.co.za)

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