Why are eggs associated with Easter?

For Christians, the egg is a symbol of new life and rebirth which is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They are painted and decorated in colours and given as gifts as a celebration of new life.

When did Easter eggs become chocolate?

Chocolate eggs were first made in the early 19th century in Europe, with France and Germany leading the new confectionary. Most early eggs were solid as the technique for chocolate moulding had not yet been devised. However, chocolate wasn’t that good back then as it contained around 50 percent fat, making it difficult to digest.

In 1866, Cadbury's imported a revolutionary press which cut the fat content in half, making dark chocolate smooth and tastier. The press also allowed them to mould the chocolate, and in 1875 they released the first hollow Easter egg which was filled with sugared almonds.

In 1893, Cadbury's had 19 Easter patents (which was a lot in those days) and in 1905 went into overdrive when they introduced a recipe with a higher proportion of milk, creating milk chocolate. By 1914, this was their best-selling product, and still today, the majority of chocolate Easter eggs are made from milk chocolate.

When does Lent end?

The dates of Easter change in accordance with the lunar calendar, which of course also effects Lent. The days can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25 so it’s important to keep an eye on the dates for your diary.

This year, Ash Wednesday fell on February 14th, the day after Shrove Tuesday. Surprisingly, there is no answer for when Lent actually ends, with Western churches ending Lent on the Saturday before Easter, Eastern churches ending on the Friday before Palm Sunday and the liturgical season ending on Holy Thursday.

Why does Easter date change every year?

According to the Bible, Jesus Christ's death and resurrection occurred around the time of the Jewish Passover, which was celebrated on the first full moon following the vernal equinox. This soon led to Christians celebrating Easter on different dates.

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Here are some fun facts to share during your Easter celebrations...

  • The UK’s first Easter egg was produced by Fry’s of Bristol in 1873.

 

  • The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate in the Crème Egg by Cadbury. Workers in Birmingham produce 1.5 million every day.
  • Children in the UK receive an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double the recommended calorie intake of a whole week!

 

  • When people eat a chocolate bunny, 76% bite the ears off first, the others go for either the feet or tail.

 

 

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