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  • Easter is named after Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess!  Her symbols were the hare and the egg.
  • In most languages other than English and German, the holiday's name is derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover.
  • From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures.
  • The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka.
  • EASTER never occurs before March 22nd, or after April 25th.
  • The Cross is the symbol of the Crucifixion, as opposed to the Resurrection.
  • The resurrection of Jesus took place during the Passover.
  • The Passover is the 8 day observance commemorating the freedom and exodus of the Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II.
  • The first Easter baskets were made to look like bird's nests.
  • The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.
  • 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.
  • 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter.
  • Each day, five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter.
  • Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween.
  • 76 percent of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.