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Good Question: What's the history behind some of those commercialized Easter traditions?

Americans will spend $13 billion on Easter this year.

While we all know the religious history of the holiday, there are many other commercialized traditions that are associated with the day.

Good Question: What's the history behind some of those commercialized Easter traditions?

Easter, its big business every year, from candy, to flowers, cards and gifts.

The National Retail Federation says an average person will spend nearly $120 on the holiday.

The day comes with some interesting traditions, many of which are now integral parts of a very commercialized day.

Take for example all those rabbits we see this time of year.

Tradition has it that they date back to pre-christian lore.

The furry little guys have always been a symbol of new life and fertility during spring.

As for the hiding and hunting of Easter eggs, that can be traced back to 17th century German history.

The Osterhase is the German Easter bunny.

Children would wait for the rabbit to decorate eggs and then hide them in people's gardens.

Edible chocolate bunnies are quite popular this time of year, some 90 million are sold each year.

We can thank the Germans again for introducing the candy to us.

Many of those yummy bunnies come in Easter baskets.

This tradition grew out of the Christian observance of Lent.

A large Easter supper represents the end of fasting.

In more ancient times, this feast was brought to the church in large baskets to be blessed by the Clergy.

Hence the connection to Easter Baskets today.


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