Tuesday, April 3, 2012


    Easter is a special event celebrated by Christians. It is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Easter is celebrated in many countries all over the world, however not all traditions are the same.

America and Canada

    In America and Canada, Easter is pretty much celebrated the same. Decorated eggs are hunted for or exchanged as well as other gifts they may include money and chocolates. Easter baskets and bonnets are made and decorated, then entered into contests.
    The Easter bunny is very popular in both countries. Stores line their shelves with stuffed bunnies to give as gifts as well as chocolate, decorations and gifts for the Easter holiday.


    In Germany, Eater is called Ostern. Besides Christmas, Easter is the most important holiday in Germany. Spring cleaning is done in the household, decorations are brought in and hung up. Small Easter trees are brought int o the home as well and decorated with eggs.
    Parents hide Easter baskets with small presents, sweets and eggs. Hand decorated eggs are exchanged among family and friends. A great meal is had, where many people eat fish and light big Easter bonfires.


    In Mexico, Easter is actually two big events combined, Semana Santa (Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday, or Holy Week) and Pascua (Resurrection Sunday until the following Saturday).
    Many Mexicans use these two weeks as a time for vacation, while other prefer to stay for the events. Many communities stage the full Passion play including the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgment, the Procession of the 12 Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.


    In Romania, Easter is the most important celebration. Men and women each have their own tasks to complete. The men mend fences, bring in water, take out the garbage and butcher the lambs. Women clean the house, do laundry and decorate the eggs. A few weeks before Eater, the young women and girls sew new shirts for the men, parents and children.
    A special Easter cake called "Pasca" is baked, the lamb is cooked and special decorated eggs are exchanged. Lit candles are held during mass and only put out once the one holding it returned home. It is said that if one sleeps on Easter day, they will be sleepy all year long.


    In Ireland, a competition would be held to see who could eat the most duck eggs. Dancers in beautiful outfits dance in the streets and compete for a cake prize. Easter is a time of fasting and prayer. At church on Easter Saturday, hundreds of little candles are lit off of the blessed Paschal candle. Priests sprinkle holy water on each member of the household, then the house and cattle.
    Eggs that had been decorated and painted with faces are rolled down a hill. A quiet traditional meal of lent soup and roasted Spring lamb is eaten on Easter Sunday. On Easter Monday, many fairs are held and many use this day to go on a day trip.


    In Russia, Easter is celebrated on a different Sunday, than it is in the West. In the West, the Gregorian calendar is used as well as in many places of the East, but the Julian calendar is still used and at present, is 13 days behind the Gregorian calender. Normally Easter in the East, is one week later than the West, however this year is one of the few, rare times that they will fall on the same Sunday.
    Children dye eggs red, symbolizing the blood of Christ. The eggs are cracked open using nails and the whites are exposed. People are reminded of the death of Christ and that the blood of Christ, cleanses them from sin.
    Worship at the church begins Saturday evening. At midnight, the priests throw open the doors and shout out "Christ has risen"! The congregation then comes to life shouting back, "He is risen indeed"! After worship and Easter celebrations, the family Easter dinner takes place. It is a huge picnic, where everyone in the congregation brings food to share. Here everyone is reminded that all members of the body of Christ belong to one another.


   Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans, who consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011, according to the National Confectioner's Association.

  • In 2000, Americans spent nearly $1.9 billion on Easter candy, while Halloween sales were nearly $2 billion; Christmas, an estimated $1.4 billion; and Valentine's Day, just over $1 billion.
  • Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.
  • Chocolate bunnies should be eaten ears first, according to 76% of Americans. Five percent said bunnies should be eaten feet first, while 4% favored eating the tail first.
  • Adults prefer milk chocolate (65%), to dark chocolate (27%).

Millions of Peeps

  • Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, shaped like chicks, as well as Marshmallow Bunnies and Marshmallow Eggs, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
  • As many as 4.2 million Marshmallow Peeps, bunnies, and other shapes can be made each day.
  • In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes six minutes.
  • Yellow Peeps are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue, and white.

Jellybeans Could Circle the Globe

  • Americans consume 16 billion jellybeans at Easter, many of them hidden in baskets. If all the Easter jellybeans were lined end to end, they would circle the globe nearly three times.
  • Jellybeans did not become an Easter tradition until the 1930s. They were probably first made in America by Boston candy maker William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War.
  • 70% of kids aged 6–11 say they prefer to eat Easter jellybeans one at a time, while 23% report eating several at once. Boys (29%) were more apt to eat a handful than girls (18%).
  • Children indicate their favorite Easter jellybean flavors are cherry (20%), strawberry (12%), grape (10%), lime (7%), and blueberry (6%).

Increasing Demand

  • Candy makers are offering more and more Easter products. In the early 1980s, M & M's became available in pastel spring colors. Reese's makes peanut butter eggs, and Smucker's produces jellybeans.
  • Some supermarkets have doubled the space allotted to Easter candy in the past few years as the market has increased.
  • Candy is a relatively recent Easter tradition. Chocolate eggs, the most popular Easter candy, were first made in Europe in the early 1800s.

Older Traditions

  • Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats, made by European monks and given to the poor during Lent.
  • Pretzels were originally associated with Easter. The twists of a pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossed in prayer.

Non-Candy Substitutes

  • For parents worried that their children might eat too much Easter candy, some experts suggest adding non-edible items to Easter baskets: crayons, movie passes, jump rope, baseball cards, kids' videos, stencils, markers, paperback books, chalk, Playdoh, stuffed animals or balls.


   This diy comes from www.theartofdoingstuff.com .  This would look great on the table or on a shelf. It could be used even after Easter during the spring, because it doesn't have the typical easter primary colors.

This Wreath is Eggsactly Right

I dyed the eggs with those little pellets you drop in water. But I bought them at the Dollar store so the colours weren’t as vibrant as full priced ones might have been. Also I used brown eggs instead of white to create much more muted colours.
To make the eggs slightly mottled I allowed the dye to sit on certain parts of the egg for longer. That way you get some lighter and some darker colour on the egg. As soon as you remove it from the dye rub the overlapping parts with a paper towel to soften the lines. I’d also put the egg in the yellow, then straight into the green, let it sit, then maybe a bit back in the yellow or plum. That gave the eggs more depth of colour. Or as my American friends say, color. Honestly, I don’t know what you people have against the letter “U”. It’s my favourite letter.

My favourite part about this wreath is probably how good it looks against something glitzy like the chandelier. As much as I like earthy, organic stuff, in order to set it off you need some brightness. That’s why my favourite skull is my crystal skull.
It’s also why I added in a few white, sparkly eggs to the wreath. Again, it gives the wreath a big more depth and the sparkle of the white eggs enhances the muted sheen of the real eggs.
If you plan to make this wreath you’ll need to start exercising your lips, mouth and jaw. Blowing out a dozen or so eggs is not for amateurs. You don’t wanna start blowing out your eggs without getting limbered up first. Otherwise you’ll get that gross crackling feeling on either side of your lower jaw. Like you’re lymph nodes are exploding. So … between now and then I’d advise you to practice. I have no recommendations as to how you practice this, nor do I want to hear from you about how you do it.
You have 5 days until Easter Sunday. You need a pool noodle, some bags of moss, hot glue and a bunch of eggs. GO!