Easter is one of the biggest annual Christian holidays and is celebrated by millions of people around the world each year. The occasion sees many attending Church, going on Easter egg hunts, and eating an egg-straordinary amount of chocolate.
To get you in the mood, here are ten suitably egg-ceptional Easter-related Guinness World Records achievements…
1. Largest Easter egg hunt
The largest Easter egg hunt ever consisted of 501,000 eggs that were searched for by 9,753 children and their parents at the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida, USA, on 1 April 2007.
2. Largest decorated Easter egg
The largest decorated Easter egg, built by Freeport in Alcochete, Portugal was 14.79 m (48 ft 6 in) long and 8.40 m (27 ft 6 in) in diameter when measured on 8 March 2008.
3. Largest chocolate Easter egg
Tosca (Italy) created the largest chocolate Easter egg ever, weighing a whopping 7,200 kg (15,873 lbs 4.48 oz) and with a circumference of 19.6 m (64 ft 3.65 in) at its widest point. It was measured at Le Acciaierie Shopping Centre, in Cortenuova, Italy, on 16 April 2011.
4. Largest Easter egg tree
The record for the largest Easter egg tree was set by Zoo Rostock GmbH, Rostock, Germany who decorated a tree with 76,596 painted hens eggs on 8 April 2007.
5. Most expensive hot cross bun
A hot cross bun baked in 1829 in Stepney, London, UK, was bought by Bill Foster (UK) for £155 ($218) at the Antiques for Everyone show at the NEC in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK, on 27 April 2000. It was originally made to hang in the kitchen to ward off evil spirits.
6. Longest rabbit
The longest rabbit is Darius, a Flemish giant rabbit owned by Annette Edwards (UK), who was found to be 4 ft 3 in (129 cm) long when measured for an article in the UK's Daily Mail newspaper on 6 April 2010.
7. Most expensive chocolate egg sold at auction (non-jewelled)
The most expensive non-jewelled chocolate egg sold at auction for an egg-travagant £7,000 ($11,107) and was created by William Curley, Amy Rose Curley, Alistair Birt, Sarah Frankland, Melissa Paul, Rhiann Mead (all UK) and Suzue Curley (Japan). It was sold at the Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK, on 20 March 2012.
The chocolate egg named the 'Golden speckled egg' was made with Amedei Chocolate and edible Gold leaf and filled with couture chocolate and truffles. The egg was decorated with 12 smaller chocolate eggs, 20 mini chocolate bars and 5 white flowers, and took over three days to make. The egg was estimated to weigh over 50 kg (110.23 lbs) and was approximately 107 cm (3 ft 6.13 in) tall and 54 cm (1 ft 9.26 in) wide. The egg was sold in aid of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt as part of World Record London.
8. Most entrants in an egg hunt competition
The most entrants in an egg hunt competition is 12,773 and was achieved by The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, as part of World Record London, in London, UK on 21 February – 1 April 2012.
9. Largest collection of rabbit-related itemsHusband and wife Steve Lubanski and Candace Frazee (both USA) have an incredible 28,423 bunny-themed items, as of 25 March 2011, displayed in their own Bunny Museum in Pasadena, California, USA. Their bunny collection opened to the public on 20 March 1998. Their bunny items include furniture, light fixtures, kitchenware, toiletries, books, and games. They also have five real bunnies as pets.
10. Longest marathon church organ playing
A few days before Easter and on her 60th birthday, Nina Irslinger (Norway) set a record for the longest church organ marathon, playing for an amazing 60 hours, 1 minute and 25 seconds in Arendal, Norway, on 28-30 March 2015.