A ComRes panel survey carried out in 2012 found that the majority of Christians feel there is a disassociation between the religious traditions of festivals and the way they are perceived today. Other findings show that:
- 90 per cent of Christians think that children today know less about the crucifixion and resurrection than those of 30 years ago.
- 95 per cent of Christians believe that Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.
- 77 per cent of practising Christians believe Easter is a more important festival than Christmas.
- 63 per cent of Christians think that Easter egg hunts, egg painting and similar activities are a good way of getting children to engage with the Easter story.
Some chocolatey Easter facts
- Easter chocolate sales make up 10 per cent of Britain’s annual spending on chocolate.
- The Ivory Coast in West Africa is the world’s leading producer of cocoa – supplying 43 per cent.
- Make Chocolate Fair estimates that there are 2 million children working on cocoa plantations in Ghana and the Ivory Coast; 500,000 of them in exploitative conditions.
- Fairtrade Chocolate sales now make up almost 12 per cent of UK chocolate confectionary sales and are worth £542m.
- Eggs were traditionally used in pre-Christian festivals as a symbol of new life, purity or fertility. Later customs concerning eggs were linked with Easter because the egg provided a fresh and powerful symbol of the resurrection and the transformation of death into life.
- The Real Easter Egg, an Easter egg that explains the Christian meaning of Easter is on sale again for Easter 2014. In the 4 years since production started 400,000 Real Easter eggs have been sold.
- Decorating and colouring Hen, Duck or Goose eggs for Easter was the custom in England during the Middle Ages. The household accounts of Edward I, for the year 1290, recorded an expenditure of eighteen pennies for four hundred and fifty eggs to be gold-leafed and coloured for Easter gifts.
- Papier-mache Easter eggs started being produced in England in the 18th century. The first chocolate eggs appeared in the 19th century, with the earliest ones being completely solid.
- The first chocolate Easter egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s.
- The most popular chocolate egg worldwide is Cadbury’s Creme Egg. They first went on sale in 1971. The Cadbury factory at Bourneville can make 1.5 million Creme Eggs every day, and 200 million are sold in the UK every year.