20 fun facts about Easter that might surprise you

Easter Sunday is quickly approaching – which means it’s time to stock up on chocolate, eggs, and Peeps.

WalletHub created an infographic filled with facts and stats about how Easter is celebrated. Between the food, clothing, gifts, and chocolate, billions of dollars go into preparing.

Keep scrolling to learn more about Easter, bunnies, and all things pastel.

In total, an estimated $US18.1 billion will be spent on Easter-related things.

It’s one of the most important days in Christianity.

$US3.3 billion will be spent on clothes.

People traditionally wear pastel or floral clothing for Easter, since it’s a signifier that spring is truly here.

$US5.7 billion will be spent on food.

The traditional foods of Easter include eggs (of course), ham, sweet bread, lamb, and chocolate.

$US2.5 billion alone will go towards chocolate.

A holiday that celebrates chowing down on chocolate and candy is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

And $US2.9 billion will be spent on gifts.

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesEaster baskets.

Children traditionally receive Easter baskets from their parents or other adult relatives. According to WalletHub, 66% of parents make their children Easter baskets, and 92% of those include chocolate or candy.

To put that into perspective, the average person who celebrates Easter will spend $US151 on the holiday.

photocritical/ShutterstockEaster chocolate products for sale.

Between chocolate, food, Easter baskets, and clothing, the expenses can rack up.

Back to the fun stuff: chocolate … as many as 91 million chocolate bunnies are sold in the US for Easter annually.

There are plenty of different bunnies to choose from, like this “Benedict Cumberbunny” or this DIY chocolate bunny from IKEA.

And 16 billion jellybeans are eaten — enough to circle the world three times.

TT Jones/ShutterstockJellybeans.

It’s no shock that 90% of parents plan to have a discussion with their children about enjoying candy in moderation, according to WalletHub.

Kids aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy — 81% of parents steal candy from their children’s loot.

Maybe Jimmy Kimmel should use that for his next candy-related prank.

As many as 59% of Americans eat the ears of their chocolate bunny first.

Interestingly enough, 4% go for the feet first, 4% go for the tail, and 33% have no preference at all, WalletHub reported.

And as many as 52% prefer their chocolate eggs to be filled with caramel, peanut butter, or chocolate ganache, as opposed to them being hollow or solid chocolate through and through.

We celebrate with Easter eggs because, much like the holiday itself, eggs are associated with new life and rebirth.

The weight of the largest chocolate egg in history was only 665 pounds lighter than the average male African elephant.

YouTube/INSIDERA giant egg.

To clarify, this egg “only” weighed 440 pounds.

The largest chocolate bunny was somewhat bigger, weighing 9,360 pounds.

The largest rabbit made of chocolate was created in Brazil by the Equipe da Casa do Chocolate. It took nine professionals eight days straight to construct it.

The most expensive chocolate bunny was worth $US49,000 and 548,000 calories.

YouTube/VeryFirstToThe most expensive chocolate bunny.

Why so much? Because of its two1.07-carat solitaire diamonds for eyes.

Over 1.5 billion Peeps in 24 flavours are consumed every Easter.

Anna Altenburger/ShutterstockPeeps.

Peeps, chick-shaped marshmallows, have been an Easter favourite for seven decades.

A staggering 180 million eggs are purchased for Easter every year.

As many as 52.4% of Americans think that the Easter bunny came before the egg.

And 10 million dyeing kits are also bought.

INSIDER Picks rounded up the best Easter egg decorating kits to make your life a little bit easier.

The White House Easter Egg Roll is expecting 30,000 people.

The first White House Easter Egg Roll was held in 1878 under President Rutherford B. Hayes.

There were over 500,000 eggs hidden in the world’s largest Easter egg hunt in Winter Haven, Florida.

This famed hunt took place in 2007.

Easter is the most popular church day of the year.

Christmas Eve and Mother’s Day are the other big two, according to WalletHub.

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