10 STATS ABOUT EASTER AROUND THE WORLD
With Easter holidays coming up for many, have you ever wondered where most Brits will be headed, or what the most expensive Easter egg ever produced cost? Well, wonder not because here at Enlightly we have the answers you seek!
1. Easter is celebrated widely, mostly in Christian-majority countries
Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America and South America host each about a quarter of Christians. Some of the oldest traditions related to Easter are to be found in Europe, but new customs abound throughout the Americas -2014 was the first year that Pope Benedict XVI managed to convince the Cuban government to declare Easter a national holiday-. The festivity has also become a reason for social gatherings for the 450m Christians living in Africa.
2. The world’s most expensive Easter egg sold for £20m
In 2014 an American scrap metal dealer bought the egg for a mere $8,000 with the hunch that there must be something unique about it. Specialists at antique dealer Wartski confirmed it was a lost imperial egg worth millions!
Easter eggs are meant to represent the empty tomb of God. Fabergé produced a series of them decorated with precious stones and metals which became favourite gifts of the royals at the Russian imperial family.
3. Easter eggs are big business
Easter eggs -mostly sold in the four days before Easter- account for 10% of all chocolate sales in the UK. Of that market, Cadbury eggs capture a whopping 50% of sales.
Sale of traditional eggs are still more than double that of creme-filled eggs, although the latter are growing more strongly. The act of painting eggs actually has a name derived from Ukranian: pysanka.
4. Marshmallow peeps come second in sales
Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow peeps during the Easter holiday, which makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy outside the UK. Americans also produce 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs.
5. We spend as much for Easter as for Mother’s Day
Americans spend a total of $228.4b on marked holidays throughout the year, with Easter comprising the 4th largest splurge during these festivities at $15.0b.
6. Easter eggs contain 6 times the amount of sugar recommended for children
Hover your mouse over the icons for more information about the amount of sugar contained by different sizes of Easter eggs.
7. Easter festivities generate €7-14 billion in Spain
According to several estimations, the enormous frenzy generated around Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Spain is better measured in the billions of euro. In a city of 700,000 people such as Seville 200,000 of them are part of a brotherhood marching in one of the many parades across the city. The parades can be kilometres long and last up to 14 hours.
The centrepiece are the tronos or pasos (thrones or floats) such as the one pictured above. The sum of the biblical sculptures they carry, plus all the precious metal the thrones are made of, add up to weights of up to 6 tonnes. In certain brotherhoods, more than 5,000 people apply to carry these giants, even though there are about 50 spots available under each of those thrones. The chosen ones will have to carry 60kg under intense heat, at an excruciatingly slow pace, for a period between 6 and 14 hours long.
8. Easter traditions similar to Spain exist in the Philippines and Indonesia
There are about 100m Christians in the Philippines, plus another 23m in Indonesia. Their traditions include processions like those in Spain, plus in some places they have the added elements of physical mortification in the belief that it will cleanse people of their sins. Some catholics in both countries even recreate the crucifixion literally.
9. Brits prefer to spend their Easter holidays under the sun
This year, Brits are looking further afield for their sun, with demand shifting away from Paris and Sharm el-Sheik to more exotic destinations like Cancun, Phuket and Vegas.
Most popular destinations during Easter for families:
Most popular destinations during Easter for couples:
10. And yet Easter is only the 11th most popular holiday to conceive a baby
Genealogy experts at MooseRoots crunched the birth data of 14m people and, in the process, came up with the most popular holidays to conceive:
Seems like people got festive enough during Christmas!