Some fun facts you may not know about Easter and Passover from the Ladies in Red!

Easter today is a mix between church going and chocolate bunnies but where did some of these traditions come from?

The Easter Bunny

History.com says "the easter bunny reportedly was introduced to America by the German immigrants who brought over stories of an egg-laying hare called Osterhase or Oschter Haws. The children made nests in which the creature could lay its colored eggs."

I think I'll stick with the chocolate bunny!

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs from the Christian view can represent Jesus' emergence from the tomb and resurrection. History.com also says "one explanation for decorating the eggs is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lent season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting then eat them on Easter as a celebration."

Easter Egg Hunts and Rolls are traditions for some...The White House Easter Egg Roll first happened in 1878 when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.

Children roll Easter Eggs at the White House Easter Egg Roll hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Monday, April 25, 2011, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Easter Candy

Easter candy is the second best selling after halloween! Over 16 billion jelly beans are made in the US for the Easter holiday. For the past decade the best selling non chocolate candy has been the marshmallow peep.

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Peeps have now been around for more than 60 years!

Peeps in the beginning were made by hand and took up to 30 hours to create. Peeps are owned by Just Born Inc. in Bethlehem, PA. Sam Born, a Russian-born founder and confectioner, started the brand in 1917 after coming to America.

In 1953 he acquired the Rodda Candy company. While touring, he discovered women in the back using pastry tubes to create the marshmallow chicks by hand.

The Born family was able to find a way to automate the process. By 1954 the company had shortened the manufacturing time to only about 6 minutes.

Today, Just Born makes about 5.5 million each day in a variety of shapes and colors!

Also did you know that there are Peep Stores?

There a 3 locations so far. One in the Mall in America, one right outside of D.C. and the other in the Peep birthplace Bethlehem, PA.

There is something for every Peep lover!

For me chocolate is my go to no matter what shape or size.

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Passover 

Passover is eight days commemorating the freedom of the Israelites. Moses was told by God in order to protect the Isralites they must mark their dwellings with lamb's blood so that the angel of death would pass over their homes.

Passover today is celebrated with family gatherings, festival meal and special foods.

- Passover is the oldest continuously celebrated Jewish festival

- Jewish people eat matzos, a flat, unleavened bread made of flour and water. They do this to remember their ancestors.

- During Passover the Coca-Cola bottling company of New York makes Coke that is kosher for Passover!

For more information check out the links below!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/03/30/peeps-marshmallow-easter-history-just-born/70553468/

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/easter-symbols

http://www.parents.com/holiday/passover/traditions/fun-facts-about-passover/

Have a great holiday weekend! Tata from the Ladies in Red!

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