Easter is a very important holiday in Christianity: the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. In modern times, the Christian observance is often accompanied by a secular celebration marking the arrival of spring. On Easter Sunday, children and adults enjoy participating in Easter egg hunts and celebrating the arrival of the Easter Bunny who brings baskets filled with candy.
Arguably the most well-known symbol associated with Easter is the Easter Bunny. The seasonal hare was introduced to Americans in the 18th century by German immigrants, though the existence of the “Osterhase” dates back to the 17th century.
We can also thank the Germans for the edible Easter egg, which was first made of sugar and pastry in the 19th century. These eggs were traditionally deposited in the hats and bonnets of young children – today, the Easter Bunny prefers to bring his own basket. The Easter Bunny is a sign of new life, as are the brightly colored eggs he brings. While the chocolate Easter bunny is the most popular treat to fill Easter baskets, chocolate eggs, marshmallow chicks and jelly beans are also often included.
All About Easter Candy
- The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.
- Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday – behind Halloween.
- 87 percent of parents say they plan to make an Easter basket for their children.
- 76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg hunt, held in 2007 at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Florida, contained 501,000 eggs.
All About the Easter Bunny
- The idea of the Easter Bunny with baskets of eggs started in Europe as the Easter Hare. The hare was originally a symbol of Easter for the Germans who came to America in the 18th century.
- German settlers told tales of a white hare who would leave brightly colored eggs for all good children on Easter morning.
- Early American children built nests of leaves and sticks in their gardens for the Easter Hare to fill with colored eggs.
- By the 19th century in America, the Easter Hare had become the Easter Bunny, known for surprising children with baskets filled with treats on Easter morning.