Whether Easter represents a religious holiday or simply a time for us to enjoy children running around, hunting for eggs, it is a holiday that evokes images of family.
Have you ever given thought to the origins of some of the holiday’s long-established traditions, such as egg decorating and the elusive candy-delivering Easter bunny? In the spirit of the holiday, we unearthed some little known facts about this pastel-colored holiday.
- Eggs have been seen as one of the earliest symbols of fertility, while springtime is thought to bring new life and rebirth.
- Americans spend $1.9 billion on Easter candy. That’s the second-largest candy haul after Halloween.
- A walloping 70% of Easter candy purchased is chocolate.
- Apparently, 76% of Americans believe the ears of a chocolate bunny should be the first to be devoured.
- The first story of a rabbit, which was later named the “Easter Bunny”, hiding eggs in a garden, was published in 1680.
- The White House Easter Egg Roll has been celebrated by the President of the United States and their families since 1878.
- Easter egg-decorating dates back to at least the 13th century. Because eggs were earlier a forbidden food during the Lenten season, people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting.
As you are decorating eggs this weekend and gathering candy for your egg hunt, keep in mind we are grateful to you, our customer. From our family to yours, Happy Easter from Storage Authority.