Easter Hits Surf City Nights
Spoiler alert: Sunday is Easter, for those of you who are slow to catch on to the overwhelming takeover of Peeps, Cadburry Eggs, and chocolate bunnies this past week.
You’ll find Easterly traces in downtown Huntington Beach too tonight; from 5-8pm the Easter bunny will be hopping around Main Street during the Surf City Street Fair ready to pose with your and your kids! Photos are free, so bring your own camera or use your iPhone and snap a pic to always remember Easter 2014.
Come to think of it, the concept of posing with an overgrown fluffy creature from the Leporidae family to commemorate a family holiday celebrating rebirth and the resurrection of Christ does seem a little peculiar.
The Easter holiday traditions and culture is practiced thoroughly throughout the US and the world, however the added creatures and candy remain relatively questionable to most.
Many who follow the Christian faith know that Easter marks the end of Holy Week and Lent. It is the Sunday following Good Friday (the day of Christ’s crucifixion) and the day after Holy Saturday (the day Christ was crucified and resurrected). Where many get confused is how, where and why did a bunny, colorful eggs and peeps come into the picture?
So, although, many of you know the true meaning and history to this holy holiday, here are a few fun facts and trivia tidbits that might help answer some of your Easter inquires.
1. Bunnies laying chocolate eggs in gardens?
According to the University of Florida's Center for Children's Literature and Culture, the Easter bunny dates back to the 13th-century when people prayed to multiple gods and goddesses including Eostra, the goddess of fertility and spring, symbolized by the rabbit. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published in 1680.
2. Colorful Egg Dying
Dying eggs first became associated with Easter in Medieval Europe. The Church forbade people to consume eggs during Lent and as such, the eggs laid during the 40 days would be preserved, stored and eaten on Sunday morning. Orthodox Christians in Greece and the Middle Easter would dye their eggs red to represent the blood of Christ shed at his crucifixion.
3. Candy consumption at an all time high
Behind Halloween, Easter is the biggest holiday for consuming candy. There is 120 million pounds of candy bought each year during Easter. Each year, 90 million chocolate bunnies, 91.4 billion eggs, and 700 million peeps are produced and Americans alone consume 16 billion jellybeans on Easter.
4. Easter at the White House
Every year, the White House hosts an Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn. This is a tradition that was created in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes.
5. Easter around the world
Finland treats Easter like Halloween, where the kids dress up in costumes and roam the streets collecting candy. Australia recognizes the “Easter Bilby”, an almost extinct rabbit-like marsupial. In France, a giant omelet is made feeding over 1,000 people on Easter Monday every year. Germany hangs and decorates their trees with hand-painted eggs. And finally, in Slovakia, men celebrate this holy day by whipping woman with willow branches and splashing them with water to symbolize youth, strength, beauty and rebirth for the upcoming season.
So tonight as you get ready to capture that perfect picture of your little one snuggled up close to the Easter Bunny tonight gripping their basket full of colorful eggs, marshmallow peeps and chocolate treats; remember Easter has come a long way from its origin and no matter where it’s celebrated, family, friends, bunnies and bilbys are always close by!
Happy Easter HB, and remember cruise down to Main St tonight and snap a pic with that Big Bunny and forever remember Easter 2014!
Posted 15 Apr 2014 21:28.