Kids know that Easter is about spending time with family and of course, candy. But there is so much more to Easter that your kids may not know. Here are some fun Easter facts for kids.
Easter is the time of the year when chocolate is eaten more than any other time of the year. According to the National Retail Foundation, $2.1 billion is spent each year on Easter candy alone. According to the Foundation, 89% of people eat the ears first on a chocolate Easter bunny.
Easter occurs at a different time each year because of the moon’s position. Easter happens on the Sunday following the first full moon after the 21st of March.
The Friday before Easter Sunday is known as Good Friday. However, in the United States, only 12 states recognize Good Friday as a holiday. These states include Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
Not everyone celebrates Easter on the same day. In fact, some households celebrate two Easters. This is especially true for families where one parent is Catholic and the other is Greek Orthodox. Greek Orthodox use the Julian calendar, which doesn’t allow the Easter holiday to be celebrated before or during Passover.
The largest Easter egg hunt on record, done by the Guinness World Records, was dated April 1, 2007. There were 9,753 children searching for 501,000 hidden Easter eggs at the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida.
The world’s largest chocolate Easter egg on record, according to the Guinness World Records, was set in Tosca, Italy on April 16, 2011. The chocolate egg weighed in at 15,873 pounds and 4.48 ounces.
Christians celebrate Easter in remembrance of the Saviour of the World, Jesus Christ, who has risen.