Tomorrow is Good Friday – marking the start of Easter and for most people a nice 4 day break from the daily grind…
Here at HR Revolution, 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 think about…
1. Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week.
2. In 2007, an Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million.
Every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the Faberge 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.
And here it is: The Rothschild Faberge Egg.
3. When people gorge on a chocolate Easter bunny, 76 per cent bite off the ears first, 5 per cent go for the feet and 4 per cent opt for the tail.
4 With all those chocolate eggs for family, relatives, loved ones and friends, it should be no surprise that households spend an average of £75 on Easter treats each year.
5. Sales at Easter time make up 10 per cent of UK chocolate spending for the whole year.
6. The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.
7. The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011. Standing 10.39 metres tall and weighing 7,200 kg, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant. But Portugal is the home of the largest decorated Easter egg, which reached almost 15m in height and 8m in diameter when it was made in 2008.
8. In 2012, London hosted the world’s biggest-ever Easter egg hunt.
9. Temptation can be too much and 43 per cent of kids say they eat their first chocolate egg before Easter Sunday, but the average time for children to eat their first Easter egg is 11am on Easter Sunday morning.
10. 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 and 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.
And one last one, almost one in five children (19 per cent) and I would also say adults!!! say they’ve made themselves ill by eating too much chocolate over the Easter holidays, so try not to over indulge!!!
Wishing you all a very happy Easter….