1. They predate
2. The practice of giving Easter eggs — dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ — developed into a Christian tradition, with the hatching of an egg symbolizing the resurrection. The Easter egg is also a byproduct of Lent, as many families would give up eggs during those fast days, which ended with Easter.
3. Before those little dissolvable capsules, egg dyes were made from a variety of materials, including onion peels, tree bark, flower petals, and vegetable and fruit juices.
4. The PAAS Dye Co. launched its popular product in the 1880s in Newark, N.J. The first packets contained five colors for 5 cents. The company now claims to sell more than 10 million kits annually (no longer just dyes, but also paints, stickers, glitter and more) and says that consumers use them to decorate 180 million eggs.
5. In some European countries, a Halloween-like tradition still exists in which children go from house to house to collect eggs.
6. The White House Easter Egg Roll, an annual tradition on the Monday after Easter, is the only time that tourists are allowed to gather on the White House lawn. The tradition actually started on the lawn of the
7. Many Easter eggs aren't actually eggs but are formed from chocolate. In Scotland, a popular treat sold in fish-and-chips shops is deep-fried chocolate eggs.
8. The most valuable Easter eggs are the jewel-encrusted
9. The world's largest Easter egg, as recognized by
10. "Easter eggs" are found in numerous videogames and movies. That's a term for an inside joke or hidden message planted by the creator. The term was coined at