Easter, eggs and bunnies

A basketful of fun

By the numbers Easter is a religious observance celebrated on April 16—April 23 if you are orthodox. But even this early, we are already flooded with bunnies, baskets, eggs, hunts and the need to buy our Easter finery. Early Easter by the numbers:

128 Number of years ago that the first White House Easter Egg Roll was held for children.

18 The first century in which the Easter Bunny began leaving eggs for children in America, a tradition brought over by German immigrants.

10,500,000,000 Number of dollars spent each year in the United States on Easter eggs, bunnies, candy, cards, flowers and decorations.

1,500,000,000 Number of dollars spent on Easter candy alone.

4 Ranking of Easter on the list of largest spending holidays in the United States.

90,000,000 Number of chocolate bunnies produced in the United States each Easter.

76 Percent of people who start eating the chocolate bunnies at the ears.

12,000 Number of miles all the eggs produced each year by the Cadbury Creme Egg factory would stretch if placed end to end.

2 Number of sets of eggs that should be hard-boiled for Easter: one set for decorating and one set, to be kept properly refrigerated, for eating, according to American Dietetic Association.

16 Day in April that Easter occurs this year.

23 Day in March that Easter occurs in 2008. Easter does move around.

1 Number of Easter jokes. What does the Easter Bunny say each year? Hoppy Easter!

Zay N. Smith

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