Easter is a month away and it’s Negg® Season! But before we break into cute bunnies, dyed Easter eggs and eating too many chocolate eggs – let’s look at where some of the Easter Traditions came from. And let’s share some interesting facts.
Fun Facts about Easter:
- Easter was named after pre-Christian Goddess Eostre who was celebrated at the beginning of spring with a festival.
- The Easter Bunny came from Germany in the middle ages when bunnies were associated with their amazing powers of fertility. The Germans brought the tradition to the United States.
- Eggs symbolize new life and are also said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection.
- Every spring those sugary little marshmallow chicks called Peeps are bought and consumed. In 2019 Americans consumed 1.5 billion of them.
- The famous egg roll at the White House originated in 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes agreed to open the White House grounds to children who wanted to roll Easter eggs.
- Every spring we run out to buy an Easter outfit, why? We think it brings us good luck.
- Americans spend around $19 billion in gifts, candy and food during Easter.
So there you have it! Enjoy Negg® Season- peel those hard-boiled eggs, make some deviled eggs and enjoy Easter….bunnies, eggs, candy and all!
US News & World Report “Why Easter is called Easter and other facts about the Holiday”, April 2017: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-04-12/why-easter-is-called-easter-and-other-little-known-facts-about-the-holiday
Farmers Alamanac “10 Fun Facts About Marshmallow Peeps”, February 8, 2021: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/marshmallow-peeps-facts-31037
National Retail Federation – Retail spending during Easter 2018:
Building Faith “Why Eggs on Easter?” March 29, 2017: https://buildfaith.org/why-eggs-on-easter/
White House History “ White House Easter Egg Roll?”: https://www.whitehousehistory.org/questions/what-is-the-history-of-the-white-house-easter-egg-roll