Why we celebrate Easter
From Easter egg hunts to biting the ears off chocolate bunnies, the end of Lent to the resurrection of Christ, our Spring festival celebrates depictions of new life and change. For those that are not so religious, it marks a fun-filled long weekend.
Whether it’s about chocolate or church for you, our Devon Holiday Parks and the rest of the country are getting ready for Easter. We have some quite interesting and, somewhat, amusing trivia that may shine a light on why chocolate, bunnies and religion share the same event. You almost certainly won’t know every fact…
A cracking 80 Million chocolate shell Easter eggs are sold annually in the UK, not to mention all the creme eggs, mini-eggs and chocolate characters – no wonder it doubles the average child’s weekly calorie intake!
We all love to give and receive eggs, we are even giving eggs to the guests on our Devon Holiday Parks this Easter Weekend. This custom has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life.
Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring and the morning sun, is considered one of the roots of our modern Easter. Eostre, Ostara & Austro, of Germanic descent, also have links to Spring, hares and eggs. Festivals of new-birth eventually became replaced with the Christian Paschal month, yet we’ve continued to celebrate both traditions together which is what we call Easter.
Chocolate eggs & bunnies
The largest egg was made in Portugal in 2008, 15 metres high and eight metres in diameter, covered in decoration.
We like to gorge on bunnies as well as eggs, but how do you nibble yours? Seventy-six percent say that the ears are munched first, a few go for the feet and some for the tail!
The Easter bunny originated in Germany in the middle ages – this bunny gave candy and eggs to well behaved children. Punishments for the naughty ones though!
Easter eggs symbolise new life, joy and celebration. The same is to be said of the Resurrection of Christ, the oldest of Christian holidays and the most important to many – new life and joy indeed, and small wonder that the two holidays have become entwined.
Churches used to observe a tradition similar to our ‘hot potato’ game. The priest would toss a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys. The boys would chuck around the egg among themselves until the clock struck 12, the boy left holding the egg was the winner and got to keep it. Another example of the two traditions crossing over.
An egg covered in diamonds, created by Faberge, was sold for almost £9 million in 2007. A jewelled cockerel pops up and out of the top of the egg each hour, flapping its wings, nodding its head and crowing. This pink-and-gold egg was created as an engagement gift, from the Russian Royal family to the Rothschild aristocrats.
U S of Eggs
Across the pond, Florida have hosted the largest ever Easter egg hunt. 9,753 children went searching for over 500,000 eggs, hidden by the bunny of course.
The White House have an annual Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn each year.
How do you eat yours?
The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.
The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is our Cadbury’s Creme Egg – 1.5 million of these eggs are produced every day in Birmingham.
Visit one of our earlier blogs to see what’s on in Woolacombe this Easter.