EASTER SUNDAY @ RESTAURANT NATIONAL
The art of painting eggs is called pysanka. Originated in Ukraine, it involves using wax and dyes to color the egg.
In the old days pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayer. Parents hid little pretzels on Easter for children to find, an early version of an Easter egg hunt.
In 2007, an egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million. The egg is very special because, every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise!
The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever was made in Italy in 2011. At 10.39 metres in height and 7,200 kg in weight, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant!
The largest ever Easter egg hunt was in Florida, where 9,753 children searched for 501,000 eggs.
Are you an ears, arms or tail person? 76 percent of people eat the ears on the chocolate bunny first, 5 percent go for the feet and 4 percent for the tail.
In medieval times, a festival of ‘egg-throwing’ was held in church. The priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys, and then tossed from one choir boy to the next. When the clock struck 12, whoever held the egg, was the winner and got to keep the egg.
The name Easter owes its origin from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg. Representing new life or ‘rebirth’, eggs are the perfect symbol of Easter. Traditionally, eggs were boiled and dyed red to symbolise the blood of Christ at Easter.