10 fun facts about Easter

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…

  1. The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.
  2. Sales at Easter time make up 10% of UK chocolate spending for the whole year.
  3. The average household spends an average of £75 on Easter each year.
  4. 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…
  5. Almost one in five children (19%) say the’ve made themselves ill by eating too much chocolate over the Easter holiday.
  6. The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is Cadbury’s Creme Egg. Cadbury in Birmingham produce 1.5 million of these every day.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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