What You May Not Know about Easter

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Most people know why Easter is celebrated, but SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has some interesting little know facts about the holiday.

In 2007, a very special egg sold for nearly 18 million in the UK. Covered in diamonds, a little bird also made of jewels, pops out from the egg every hour making a crowing noise while nodding its head and flapping its wings.

Made in Italy in 2011, the tallest egg was made out of chocolate and was slightly taller than a giraffe, at just over 24 feet, and as heavy as an elephant weighing in at 15,873.28 pounds.

Although Good Friday is an official holiday is other parts of the world, only 12 states call it official in the United States. Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Good Friday is also a holiday in Texas but is optional.

The Easter flower is a white lily, which is the symbol celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter truly is a movable feast as Passover is determined by the phases of the moon.

Exchanging Easter Eggs is older than Easter as the custom symbolizes spring rebirth in many societies and cultures.

During Medieval times, an egg throwing festival was a custom that churches held with the priest throwing an egg at one of the boys in the choir who would then toss the hardboiled egg from one boy to another. When 12:00 came around the choirboy that had the egg when the clock struck was the winner keeping the hardboiled egg as his prize.

Over 700 million of those delicious marshmallow peeps candies are purchased in the United States over the Easter Holidays making them the most adored non-chocolate Easter treat.

The White House Egg Roll began back in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and continues on the front lawn every year.

During the holidays, egg farmers across America donate over 11 million eggs to those in need to local food banks.

In the United States, more than 16 million Easter jellybeans are enjoyed. That’s enough jellybeans to go around the planet over three times.

Speaking of candy, 91.4 billion eggs, 90 million chocolate bunnies and a whopping 700 million peeps are made in the United States every year with 76 percent of people eating chocolate bunny’s ears first.

The oldest Christian holiday and the most important day for the church, Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection three days after his death on the cross.

As you sit down and enjoy your family and friends this Easter take a moment to remember why you are celebrating.

Happy Easter everyone from the folks at SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.