Whether we dye them or use the plastic kind, the egg has long been a symbol of Easter. Here are some facts about eggs in general, and some about how the egg and Easter go together.
- Eggs can last over 6-months when stored properly.
- Forget the Golden Goose, in 1290, King Edward I ordered 450 eggs to be gold leafed and colored to use as Easter gifts.
- The largest Easter egg ever made, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was just over 25-ft high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.
- Andrew Johnson was the first U.S. President to hold an Easter egg roll for children on the White House lawn.
- The Easter egg roll on the White House lawn has been a tradition since 1878.
- It all began in 1876 when the egg rolling activities and picnic ruined the Capitol’s grounds. Congress passed a law stating that the Capitol’s grounds could not be used as a children’s playground. Due to rain in 1877, the law was not tested.
- In the spring of 1878, nearing Easter, President Rutherford B. Hayes was taking a walk, when a group of children asked if they would be allowed to roll eggs that year. President Hayes did not understand the children’s inquiry. He asked around in the White House and discovered what the children meant.
- An official order was given and children have been rolling Easter eggs down the south lawn ever since.
- Right from ancient times, egg has been regarded as a symbol of rebirth in most of the cultures
- The customary act of painting eggs is known as Pysanka.
- The custom of giving eggs at Easter dates back to the time of the Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans
- Egg, bonfires & candles, lily, cross, palm, bunny and lamb are the most popular symbols of Easter.
- Egyptians were initially the ones who exchanged eggs to symbolize the resurrection of Christ. It was later that the tradition was passed down to early Christians.
- In medieval times, a festival of ‘egg-throwing’ was held in church. The priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys, and then tossed from one choir boy to the next. When the clock struck 12, whoever held the egg, was the winner and got to keep the egg.
- Easter eggs is another term for hidden bits of code programmed into computer software. Here’s some fun ones to look for:
Google Earth Easter Egg – Giant Bunny
1.Open Google Earth Search Bar.
2.Copy 44°14’39.35″N 7°46’11.53″E.
3.Paste coordinates in Search Bar.
5.See The Epic Bunny!
- Beginning in 1994, the American Egg Board began coordinating the State Easter Egg Display. An artist from each state is picked by the American Egg Board to paint an egg representative of some aspect of the state. Each artist must reside in the state of the egg they paint and may not have participated in the event previously.
- Fresher eggs are harder to peel when they are hard-boiled. Buy eggs 10 days to 2 weeks before boiling and dyeing them. They will be easier to peel when you want to eat them. Egg shells “breath”, over time the area between the membrane and shell increases, making eggs easier to peel.
- May is National Egg Month In the USA.
- The second Friday of October is World Egg Day. The first World Egg Day was October 9, 1999.
- To tell if an egg is raw or hard-boiled, spin it. The solid hard-boiled egg will spin easily. The liquids in the raw egg will make it wobble.
- It is said an egg will stand on its end during the vernal equinox.