30 Fun Facts About Easter

Colorful eggs, baskets with sweet treats, spring outfits and warmer weather! The Easter season brings renewal, hope and the promise of springtime. These holiday facts will get you ready to hop down the bunny trail and make the most of this wonderful time of year.

Share some facts with family and friends, on social media, or use these egg-cellent trivia tidbits on your next game night.

  1. The Easter Egg Museum (Muzeum Pisanki) in Ciechanowiec, Poland is home to 1,900 Easter eggs from around the world.
  1. Easter has fallen on April Fool’s Day (April 1) only four times since 1900: 1923, 1934, 1945 and 1956. The next time these days coincide will be in 2029.
  1. There are only 12 states that recognize Good Friday as a holiday; Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
  1. Colorful egg dyes were once made from onion peels, tree bark, flower petals and juices.
  1. Ham is a popular dish on the holiday mainly because of the season. Years ago, hams were cured over the winter months making them ready to serve in early spring.
  1. In the United Kingdom, J.S. Fry & Sons Limited produced the first chocolate egg in 1873. Yum!
  1. The night before Easter, some Germans burn old Christmas trees to mark the end of winter and beginning of spring. The fire is also thought to drive away evil spirits.
  1. The most common type of Easter lily is lilium longiflorum (trumpet lily) native to the southern islands of Japan and Taiwan.
  1. The movie “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” was released in 1974.
  1. If you celebrate Easter in Italy don’t miss “Scoppio del Carro” – a tradition in Florence where fireworks are paraded through the streets then lit by the Archbishop.
  1. Start the holiday with a singalong to “Easter Parade” released in 1933 by Irving Berlin. The song begins with the words “In your Easter Bonnet, with all the frills upon it” and ends with “Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter Bonnet.”
  1. Move over Easter Bunny, in Australia the Easter Bibly comes to visit. This rabbit-like marsupial is native to the country and has large ears.
  1. In Spain, Easter is called Pascua. In Portugal, they celebrate Páscoa, while in Italy, it's known as Pasqua. These names are derived from the word “Pascha” - Hebrew for “Passover.”
  1. Easter Island was discovered by European explorer, Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Sunday in 1722 - hence the name Paasch-Eyland, Dutch for “Easter Island.” Granted, the island had been inhabited since 600-800 A.D.
  1. If you like decorating eggs at Easter, thank Ukrainian immigrants who brought the tradition of making ornate eggs called “pysankas” using wax and dyes to the U.S.
  1. One of the largest Easter egg hunts took place at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida on April 1, 2007. Over 9,753 children searched for 501,100 hidden eggs.
  1. Prior to using Easter baskets, children would put eggs in hats filled with straw.
  1. German settlers who came to the U.S. brought the tradition of filling their children’s bonnets with hay and brightly colored eggs.
  1. Pretzels are also linked to Easter as their twisty shape resembles someone in prayer.
  1. A factory in Birmingham, England produces 500 million Cadbury Crème Eggs each year. If you piled them on top of each other, they would be higher than Mt. Everest.
  1. Bright, colorful and downright delicious, Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans during Easter. First introduced in the 1930s, those are enough beans to circle the globe three times.
  1. The White House Easter Egg Roll started in 1878 with President Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president of the United States.
  1. The shape of a woven Easter basket represents a birds’ nest and new life that comes with the season.
  1. Nearly 100 different countries celebrate Easter!
  1. The date of Easter depends on the moon’s cycles, always taking place the Sunday after the Paschal full moon.
  1. In Switzerland, the Cuckoo bird brings eggs and goodies instead of a bunny.
  1. New York City hosts the oldest Easter parade in the United States. The colorful event dates to the 1870s!
  1. One of the largest edible Easter eggs was over 34 feet tall and made from pure chocolate and marshmallow.
  1. The most expensive Easter egg ever sold at auction for $18.5 million. The gold-and-pink Fabergé egg is covered in diamonds.
  1. Vegreville, Alberta, Canada is home to the world’s largest Easter egg weighing 1,500 pounds.
Every bunny is going to love these Easter tidbits!

Courtney McLaughlin is a freelance writer in Charlotte, N.C. She gratefully shares her life, home and heart with her daughter and their dog.