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All About Easter

Mar 09, 2016

When the chocolate bunnies come out, you know Easter is just around the corner. Not that Easter is all about chocolate. People celebrate this holiday according to their religious beliefs. Christians honor Good Friday March 25th, 2016 - as the day that Jesus Christ died and Easter Sunday March 27th, 2016 - as the day that he was resurrected. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter and the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem.

That Crazy Rabbit

The Easter Bunny is another story. He wasn't always the pink or white bunny that hides chocolate eggs in your house. Long ago, he was called the Easter Hare. Some say he was a large, handsome bird that belonged to Eostre, the Pagan Goddess of dawn, fertility and new beginnings. She changed him into a rabbit, which explains why the Easter Bunny now builds a nest and fills it with colored eggs.

The Easter Bunny has some interesting originsThe Easter Bunny has some interesting origins

Easter Around the World

In some countries, like England and Germany, kids roll eggs down hills on Easter morning - a game that is kinda like the rolling of the rock away from Jesus Christ's tomb when He was resurrected. Even the President gets in on the Easter fun. At the White House in Washington, DC, kids under 12 get to roll hard-boiled eggs down the hilly lawn. Lots of families, around the world, have Easter egg hunts. And of course, there's always the big Easter dinner.

Kids rolling eggs at The White HouseKids rolling eggs at The White HouseCourtesy of dc.about.com

Did You Know?

  • More than 118 million cards will be exchanged a year on Easter, making it the fourth largest card-sending event in the US.
  • The white lily is a symbol of Christ's resurrection, and that is why it is sometimes referred to as an Easter lily.
  • In 2002, more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps were eaten in America!
  • The Cadbury Creme Egg made its debut in 1971, and since then over 300 million eggs are produced each year.

Chocolate eggs are an Easter traditionChocolate eggs are an Easter tradition

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What does the Easter bunny leave behind at your house? Tell us how you spend Easter.

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