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Ten Top Easter Facts

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ; it is the oldest Christian holiday and one of the most important days of the year. It is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian Calendar.

The white lily, symbol of the resurrection, is the special Easter flower.

The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanko.

The exchange of eggs at Easter dates back to an ancient springtime tradition of giving eggs as gifts to symbolise joy, celebration and new life.

Workers in Birmingham, produce more than 1.5 million Cadbury Creme Eggs each year.

The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.

The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever made was in Italy in 2011. At 10.39 metres tall and 7,200 kg in weight, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant.

The idea of the Easter bunny giving eggs and sweets is said to have originated in Germany during the Middle Ages.

The most expensive Faberge egg ever sold at auction went for a staggering £8.9million when it was auctioned at Christies in 2007. The Rothschild Egg incorporates a clock and on the hour a diamond-set cockerel pop up from the top of the egg, flaps it’s wings four times, nods its head three times and crows throughout this fifteen second performance. The clock then strikes the hour on a bell.

76% of people eat the ears on a chocolate bunny first.