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Easter wanders Easter wanders
by The Ovi Team
2017-04-16 10:11:49
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Some facts, wanders and customs you might didn’t know about Easter.

Easter Eggs are a traditional sweet, made from chocolate or confectionery items, which symbolise the start of a new life - they mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

easter01_400On this special and sweet occasion, take a look at interesting fun facts and surprising numbers around Easter celebrations.

Chocolate eggs, the most popular of Easter candies, were first made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.

After Halloween, Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday followed by Christmas and Valentine's Day.

Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats, made by European monks and given to the poor during Lent.

Among the sweet items, the red jellybean is an all time favourite with children.

The largest Easter Egg ever made was just over 25ft high, weighing up to 8,968lbs and was made of chocolate and marshmallow, entering the Guinness Book of World Records.

Around 16 billion jellybeans are made for Easter; many of them are hidden in baskets. If all the Easter jellybeans were lined end-to-end, they would circle the globe nearly three times.

According to 76% of people, the ears on chocolate bunnies should be eaten first.

Yellow Peeps are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue and white.

The largest Easter egg hunt consisted of 501,000 eggs that were searched for by 9,753 children accompanied by their parents at the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida, USA, on 1 April 2007.

The tallest chocolate Easter egg measured 10.39m (34ft 1.05in) in height and was made by Tosca (Italy). It was measured at Le Acciaierie Shopping Centre, in Cortenuova, Italy on 16 April 2011. The chocolate Easter egg weighed 7,200kg and had a circumference of 19.6m (64 ft 3.65in) at its widest point.

And 5 local customs

Bermudians celebrate Good Friday by flying home-made kites, eating codfish cakes, and eating hot cross buns. According to Bermuda-Online, the tradition is said to have begun when a local teacher from the British Army had difficulty explaining Christ's ascension to Heaven to his Sunday school class. He made a kite, traditionally shaped like a cross, to illustrate the Ascension. The traditional Bermuda kites are made with colourful tissue paper, long tails, wood, metal, and string.

Norwegians have an interesting tradition for the season known for "Easter-Crime" or Paaskekrim. At this time of year, many around the country read mystery books or watch the televised crime detective series on national television, according to The Norway Post. Many families escape up to the mountains for the vacation week beginning the Friday before Palm Sunday and ending the Tuesday after Easter Monday. When spending time in a ski cabin in the mountains, a popular past time is playing Yahtzee. The image below shows Norwegian mystery novels in display during the Easter holiday.

In parts of North-western Europe large bonfires, called Easter Fires, are lit on Easter Sunday and Monday. While there are various explanations for the origin of the Easter Fires, the most common Saxon tale is that Easter is a time when spring becomes victorious over winter and the fires were to chase the darkness of winter away. Today, however, the meaning of the fires is simply to bring communities together. The nights are festive with heavy consumption of gin, lager, and snacks.

A mainly secular holiday in the Lutheran country of Sweden, Easter is celebrated with meals of eggs, herring, and Jansson's Temptation (potato, onion and pickled sardines baked in cream). The most interesting tradition to come out of Sweden is that in the days leading up to Easter Sunday, children dress up as Easter witches, wearing old and discarded clothes. Travelling from home to home in their neighbourhoods, the children trade paintings and drawings for sweets.

In Haiti, Holy Week is marked by colourful parades and traditional "rara" music played on bamboo trumpets, maracas, drums, even coffee cans. The holiday is a mixture of Catholic and Voodoo traditions. Voodoo believers make an annual pilgrimage to the village of Souvenance. In the photo below devout voodoo believers hold a goat head and other parts, as offerings to the spirits, during a ceremony in Souvenance village, Haiti. Showing devotion to the spirits, the celebration is marked by drumming, chanting and animal sacrifices.

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