Easter by the Numbers

Easter can mean a lot of different things to people.   It occurs on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  As a result of this formula, the date fluctuates, and Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25th.  The first recorded observance of Easter was during the second century, but the timing of the holy day was set by the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325.  This year, Easter falls on April 19th.

Nearly 80% of Americans celebrate Easter, but not all of them view it mainly as a religious holiday.  Between 60%-65% of Americans attend church services on Easter.  Americans send up to 43 million on Easter cards each year.

What about the eggs?

  • It takes 24-26 hours for a hen to lay one egg.
  • Christians painting, dyeing and decorating eggs for Easter was first recorded in the 13th century.
  • Americans decorate and dye up to 180 million eggs each year.
  • The largest decorated Easter egg was 49’3″ tall and 28’7″ in diameter.
  • The largest Easter egg hunt consisted of 9,753 children searching for 501,000 eggs in Winter Haven Florida on April 1, 2007.
  • Each year the First Family hosts the White House Easter Egg Roll.  The tradition dates back to President Hayes in 1878.  Today more than 30,000 attend.

Peeps

  • It takes 6 minutes to make 1 Peep.
  • Enough peeps are produced annually to circle the Earth twice.
  • Americans eat more than 700 million Peeps each Easter.

Chocolate

  • Today, Easter is the second most popular candy-buying holiday after Halloween.
  • 88% of Americans prepare Easter baskets for their kids.
  • The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.
  • Cadbury Crème eggs were introduced in 1971 and more than 500 million are made each year.
  • The tallest chocolate Easter egg measured 34’1.05”, had a circumference of 64’3.65” and weighed 15,873 lbs. 4.48 oz.
  • More than 50% of kids grab chocolate bunnies first when reaching for Easter candy.
  • 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.  76% eat ears first, 15% eat other part, 5% eat feet first, and 4% eat the tail first.

So, however you celebrate Easter, we hope you enjoy your day and the weather that spring brings.

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