History of Easter Traditions

The final week before Spring Break is finally here!!! That means it’s time for the Easter eggs, candy, and who can’t forget THE EASTER BUNNY! Here’s a brief history of the tasty treats we enjoy.

While the exact history of the Easter Bunny is unclear, according to various sources, the Easter Bunny was said to arrive in America in the 1700s with German Immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania. They called this called this egg-laying hare “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws”. The children would then make a nest for this creature to lay its colored eggs. This custom then spread across the United States and now includes candy (see below) and baskets instead of the nests.

Easter, the second most candy consuming holiday behind Halloween, has been known for its chocolate Easter Bunnies/Eggs and jelly beans. Chocolate eggs are known to date back to the early 19th Europe. Jelly beans, another Easter shaped candy, have been known to date back to the early 1930s(although some believe that it goes all the way back to the Biblical-Era equivalent called a Turkish Delight). According to the National Confectioners Association, 16 billion jelly beans are made each year for the Easter season. That’s enough to give every American 5 jelly beans and still have some left over! But let’s not forget about the top non-chocolate Easter candy, Peeps! Peeps started in 1923 by a immigrant named Sam Born in Pennsylvania. It started in 1950 with the original yellow marshmallow flavored Peeps, but has now expanded to many different flavors & colors.

History.com Staff. “Easter Symbols and Traditions.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 19 Mar. 2016. .

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