15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Easter

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Mike Garten

Easter Sunday falls on April 21 this year, but before you attend mass with your family or sit down for a delicious brunch, there's a lot to learn about this holiday's rich history. Impress your family and friends with these interesting Easter facts that explain common traditions.

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1 Easter eggs date back way before Easter.
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There's evidence showing that Easter eggs and Christians may not have actually been the ones to start the tradition of giving eggs — a in many cultures.

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3 The holiday was named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre.
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Scholars believe that Easter was named after a festival celebrating and the coming of spring. Her sacred symbols are thought to have been .

4 Eggs are dyed to represent the blood of Jesus Christ.
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Well, at least that might be one of the reasons, which stems from . There isn't a concrete reason behind the tradition, but there are several theories.

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5 Good Friday is recognized as a holiday in only 12 states.
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Occurring two days before Easter Sunday, Good Friday commemorates Jesus Christ's crucifixion, but it isn't a federal holiday. Residents in certain states experience closures, including: .

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6 In 2018, Americans were estimated to have spent $18.2 billion on Easter.
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The whopping number is the , coming really close to beating 2017. Consumers spent $5.7 billion on food, $3.2 billion on clothes, and $2.9 billion on gifts!

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7 We can thank Germany for the bunny.
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The idea of the Easter bunny giving candies and eggs is said to have originated in during the Middle Ages, with the first written mention of this tradition dating back to the 16th century. Dutch settlers in Pennsylvania brought the bunny to the United States in the 1700s.

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8 Easter and Halloween often compete for highest candy sales every year.
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The two holidays are always going head-to-head to have , usually coming close to each other. In fact, some years people buy more candy the than the week before Halloween, but that's because Halloween purchases are more spread out over the month leading up to the spooky night.

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9 Americans eat about 1.5 million marshmallow Peeps during Easter.
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Making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, factory makes an impressive .

10 In 1953, it took 27 hours to make one.
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That's back when they were still new to the world and were . But don't worry, it was sped up to six minutes thanks to a unique machine called The Depositor.

11 More than 1.5 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are made every day.
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Even more impressive is that the Bournville factory in Birmingham, U.K., makes 500 million every year. If you piled those eggs on top of each other, they'd be .

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12 Americans consume more than 16 million jelly beans during this holiday.
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That's enough jelly beans to circle the globe not once, not twice, but three times — or to fill a plastic egg the size of a . First introduced as an Easter treat in the 1930s, we can't imagine this day without them.

13 Around 90 million chocolate bunnies are sold for Easter.
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Considering alone during this religious celebration, it makes sense. Oh, and that's only in .

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14 A surprising 59% of people eat the ears first.
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While 4% start with the feet or tail, the don't have a particular order they always stick to.

15 The White House Easter Egg Roll tradition started in 1878.
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It's said that was taking a walk when children approached him asking about a possible Easter egg roll. He loved the idea and it's been a yearly event since then.

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16 In the old days, pretzels were associated with Easter.
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Why? Because the twists of this salty treat resemble . We say it's time to bring back this savory snack to the sweets-filled holiday.

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