Here at the HR Rev offices we are excited about the Easter break, the first bank holiday weekend of 2016 with 4 straight days off work!!
We have been dreaming of chocolate eggs, easter egg hunts, hot cross buns and bunnies…
So to get your Easter off to a cracking start we’ve come up with 10 fun facts for you to ponder…
- The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.
- Sales at Easter time make up 10% of UK chocolate spending for the whole year.
- The average household spends an average of £75 on Easter each year.
- Every child in the UK receives and average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year, double their recommended calorie intake for the whole week, so is it any wonder that…
- Almost one in five children (19%) say the’ve made themselves ill by eating too much chocolate over the Easter holiday.
- The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is Cadbury’s Creme Egg. Cadbury in Birmingham produce 1.5 million of these every day.
- The custom of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life.
- The name Easter owes its origin to Eostre or Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and the dawn who was honoured at pagan festivals celebrating the arrival of spring.
- In 2007, a Faberge Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million. Every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the the top of the egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise. The gold-and-pink enamel egg was made by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for French aristocrat Baron Edouard de Rothschild.
- The White House hosts an Easter Egg roll on the front lawn each year. This tradition was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.
HR Revolution hopes everyone has a very happy (tummy ache free) Easter.