9 Interesting Things You Never Knew About Easter

Apparently, the tradition of bonnets stems from a very popular pop culture moment.

Today, Easter is all about egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. But as you stock up on candy, plastic eggs, and more, you might have wondered where these traditions came from. Here are just a few interesting facts behind a few of Easter's most common symbols, customs, and....candies?

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1 The Easter Bunny didn't always lay eggs.

In fact, the fluffy bunny stems from the Anglo-Saxon festival of Eastre which featured a spring goddess who used the rabbit as her symbol 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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2 Buying a new outfit for Easter stems from a superstition.

Back in the mid-1800s in New York, people believed that buying new clothes to wear on Easter would bring them good luck for the rest of the year. And, lucky for us, the custom continues today.

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3 Meanwhile Easter bonnets are a relatively new concept in the U.S.

Back in 1933, composer Irving Berlin introduced the Easter Bonnet 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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4 Decorating eggs comes from a Ukrainian tradition.

The ornate eggs were called pysankas, 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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5 During medieval times a very different game was played with the eggs.

Can you even imagine throwing an egg in church? 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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6 The White House's Easter Egg Roll started back in 1878.

Rutherford B. Hayes was the president at the time. But it was President Nixon 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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7 Easter is the second biggest candy-consuming holiday.

It comes in second only to Halloween, respectively.

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8 It used to take more than a day to make a Peep.

Approximately 27 hours, 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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9 Most Americans bite off the ears of a chocolate bunny first.

In fact, a whopping 76% 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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