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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Easter Egg

The custom of giving eggs at Easter dates back to an ancient Egyptian practice associating eggs with a symbol of life returning in spring.

People first decorated eggs for Easter in the 13th century.

Pysanka is the term used for the practice of Easter egg painting.

King Edward I of England popularised Easter Eggs. He had 450 eggs covered in gold leaf as gifts for Easter in 1290

The Victorians had eggs filled with Easter gifts and chocolates that.were made out of cardboard and covered with satin.

The UK's first ever Easter egg was made in Bristol by chocolatiers J.S Fry & Sons in 1873 at their Union Street factory. Cadbury's created its first egg two years later.

The tradition of a White House Easter Egg Roll on the front lawn was created in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes after Congress passed a law in 1877 banning an Easter Egg Roll at the Capitol.

Emanuel Snowman was famous for dealing in Easter eggs, One of these was the 1913 Winter egg, which was the most expensive ever made, and which sold for a world record $9.6 million at Christie's in New York in 2002.

The Diamond Stella, the most expensive edible Easter egg ever produced, was encrusted with 100 0.5 carat diamonds and sold by La Maison du Chocolat for £50,000 ($100,000)  in 2006.

The largest ever Easter egg hunt took place at the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida, USA, on April 1, 2007. It consisted of 501,000 eggs that were searched for by 9,753 children.

The world’s biggest Easter egg was made in Cortenuova, Italy. The chocolate egg was measured on April 16, 2011 and was found to be 34 feet tall with a circumference of 64.3 feet at its widest point. It weighed 15,873 pounds.

The world's biggest handmade Easter egg was unveiled in Argentina in April 2015. It was made using 8,000kg of chocolate and stood 28 feet (8.5m) high.

There are Easter eggs for blind children. They beep, so kids will be able to find them.

43 per cent of children say they eat their first chocolate egg before Easter Sunday.

The average time for children to eat their first Easter egg on Easter Sunday is 11am.

The term "Easter egg" to describe a hidden message in online media originated from was coined in 1979. It was used to describe a hidden message in the Atari video game Adventure that led Atari to encourage further hidden messages in later games, treating them as Easter eggs for players to find.


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