Infographics are fun! Here are some facts about Easter in the form of an infographic, the figures from the Easter Story and some statistics about the consumption of Easter eggs and candy! The link to the Easter infographic is at the bottom of the post.
Christians are more commonly preferring to call Easter “Resurrection Sunday” in an attempt to move away from the pagan origins of the name and get back to the true story and the message of Jesus.
Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver by Judas, one of his disciples, Jesus was led away by the soldiers for a brief trial before being hung on the cross the next morning, where he was crucified alongside two thieves. He remained nailed to the cross for approximately six hours before he died before being taken down later and laid in a tomb.
After 3 days in the tomb, a miraculous event occured! Jesus was risen from the dead by his Father in heaven and remained on the earth for another 40 days before his ascension, in which time he was seen by over 500 people.
The name Easter comes from the anglo-saxon goddess, Eostre (or Eastre), who is the goddess for the Spring festival and of fertility which explains all the symbols of eggs, new life and bunny rabbits.
The first chocolate egg was made in Europe in the early 19th century, and the first produced in the UK was in 1873 by the chocolate company Fry’s, with Cadbury making their first chocolate egg two years later in 1875. The average child in the UK receives 8.8 Easter eggs each year, totalling nearly 10,000 calories, which would be enough to keep them fed for the whole week! In the United States of America they chomp their way through 16 billion jellybeans every year at Easter time!