1. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christian religion.
2. In Australia the Easter Bunny is widely controversial due to the damage rabbits cause to crops. Many prefer to purchase a chocolate Easter Bilby instead with profits from many sales going to support bilby conservation projects.
3. The White House Easter Egg Roll‚Äù event has been celebrated by the President of the United States and their families since 1878.
4. The first story of a rabbit (later named the ‚ÄúEaster Bunny‚Äù) hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680.
5. Eggs have been seen as an ancient symbol of fertility, while springtime is considered to bring new life and rebirth.
6. When people gorge on a chocolate Easter bunny, 76 per cent bite off the ears first, 5 per cent go for the feet and 4 per cent opt for the tail.
7. The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011. Standing 10.39 metres tall and weighing 7,200 kg, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant.
8. Temptation can be too much, and 43 per cent of kids say they eat their first chocolate egg before Easter Sunday, but the average time for children to eat their first Easter egg is 11am on Easter Sunday morning.
9. The name Easter owes its origin to Eostre or Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and the dawn who was honoured at pagan festivals celebrating the arrival of spring.
10. The custom of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life.
11. Chocolate Easter eggs were not introduced until the early 1900s. Before the exchanging of chocolate eggs, gifts consisted of decorated chicken eggs and stuffed hollow cardboard eggs.
12. Some believe that the cross on a hot cross bun is a symbol of the cross Jesus was nailed to, but in fact, the Anglo-Saxons ate these buns, decorating them with a cross to symbolise the four quarters of the moon. In English folklore, it is believed that hot cross buns would help an ill person get better. They may not be a cure to any illness, but they will certainly put a smile on your face.
We wish all our MiniJumbuk customers a very Happy Easter. Don't forget that Daylight Savings officially ends on Easter Sunday, 5th April 2015 (at 3am!).