10 Fun Facts Children Can Learn About Easter
Easter is almost here, and it’s time to break out the chocolate eggs and baskets and prepare for this fun springtime holiday. Most children will know Easter as a time for sweet treats and fun scavenger hunts, but there is much more to this holiday that an early years child can learn.
As we prepare to celebrate Easter, we want to share some fun and interesting facts that children can learn about this special holiday.
- Good Friday is a day of fast in many countries across the world, where people will avoid rich meats and eat fish to mark the suffering of Jesus on the cross.
- Hollow decorated eggs symbolise the empty tomb from which Jesus had risen and are a popular gift in Eastern Europe.
- A surprising food associated with Easter is the pretzel! Pretzels represent folded arms in Jesus’ tomb.
- Lamb is traditionally eaten on Easter because it is celebrated close to Passover, which is a Jewish celebration.
- It is traditional to wear new clothes on Easter to bring good luck for the rest of the year.
- The first chocolate egg was made in Bristol, England, in 1873.
- In Germany, they celebrate Easter by burning their Christmas tree to symbolise the end of winter and the start of spring.
- Fabergé eggs originated in Russia during the reign of Alexander III. They were decorated with expensive jewels and presented to the Russian Empress as an Easter gift.
- Cadbury began making chocolate eggs in 1875, and today they make 1.5 million creme eggs per day.
- Decorating eggs is a way to call the gods and goddesses of fertility and health in Ukraine.
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