15 Interesting Things You Never Knew About Easter

For starters, Americans REALLY like jelly beans.

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Today, Easter is all about egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. But as you stock up on candy and plastic eggs, you might wonder where these traditions originated. Here are just a few interesting facts behind Easter's most common symbols and customs.

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1 Eggs are dyed to represent the blood of Jesus Christ.
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In , eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus, before being blessed and distributed to congregants. Now they're mostly just a fun way to celebrate the springtime season, especially with creative decorating ideas.

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2 Most adults prefer milk chocolate to dark.
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Adults are actually to prefer the milky stuff, so keep that in mind if you're buying a sweet Easter surprise. Or try making a homemade treat instead.

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3 Giving eggs is a symbol of "rebirth" in many cultures.
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The new life, fertility, and rebirth in many places around the world. Thanks to the rounded shape, it's also been used as a and our connection with nature.

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4 Americans will consume more than 16 million jelly beans.
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That's enough jelly beans to circle the globe not once, not twice, but three times — or to fill a plastic egg the size of a .

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5 Pretzels are linked to Easter too.
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Supposedly, it's because the twists of the pretzel look like . You can pay homage to the sweet treat and all it stands for by making these at home.

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6 The Easter Bunny didn't always lay eggs.
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The fluffy bunny stems from the which featured a spring goddess who used the rabbit to represent fertility. It wasn't until Germans settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s that the tradition of the bunny that lays eggs came to the states.

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7 Buying a new outfit for Easter stems from a superstition.
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Back in the mid-1800s in New York, people believed that buying new clothes to wear on Easter would bring them for the rest of the year. And, lucky for us, the custom continues today.

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8 Meanwhile Easter bonnets are a relatively new concept in the U.S.
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Back in 1933, composer Irving Berlin introduced the into American pop culture with his ballad "Easter Parade." Today, it's still one of the most popular songs for the holiday.

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9 Decorating eggs comes from a Ukrainian tradition.
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The ornate eggs were called , which were made by using wax and dyes. It wasn't until Ukrainian immigrants came to the U.S. that the colorful custom caught on.

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10 During medieval times, a very different game was played with eggs.
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Can you even imagine ? Well, that's exactly what used to happen. The priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys, he would continue to toss it to his peers, and whoever was holding the egg when the clock struck 12 was the winner and got to keep it.

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11 The first White House Easter Egg Roll was in 1878.
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Rutherford B. Hayes was the president at the time. But it was who first included a bunny in the festivities with a member of his wife's staff as the lucky person who got to wear the costume.

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12 Easter is the second biggest candy-consuming holiday.
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It comes in second only to , respectively.

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13 It used to take more than a day to make a Peep.
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Approximately , to be precise. That was back in 1953, when each candy was handmade with a pastry tube — but today they have machines that have dramatically (!) sped up the process to just six minutes.

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14 Americans eat more than 600 million Peeps during Easter.
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This makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, factory makes an impressive and 4 million a day.

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15 Most Americans bite off the ears of a chocolate bunny first.
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In fact, a whopping say that's where they take their first mouthful, followed by 5% who eat the feet first, and 4% who eat the tail first.

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