Most kids can't think of Easter without thinking of PAAS Easter Egg Dyes. These colors were invented by William Townley of New Jersel, over 125 years ago! He owned a drug store in Newark and was often concoting home product recipes. In the late 1800's, he developed egg dying tablets in five different colors.

At the time these colors would only set you back about five cents. The tablets were dropped into a mixture of water and vinegar. The vinegar makes the sheel more responsive to the dyes and keeps them bright and streak free.

The popularity of the dyes grew and Mr. townley renamed his enterprise the PAAS Dye Company. The name PAAS comes from “Passen,” the word that his Pennsylvania Dutch neighbors used for Easter.

Today, Americans purchase more than 10 million PAAS Easter Egg Color Kits during the Easter season, and use them to decorate as many as 180 million eggs!

For more on the history and traditions surrounding this springtime holiday. see below.

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Easter is the solemn recognition of Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. Unlike most other holidays, Easter has been called the movable feast because the date varies from year to year. Specifically, Christian churches in the West, which use the Gregorian calendar, celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. This means that Easter can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. In the East, the Orthodox Christians follow the Julian calendar and they celebrate Easter a week or two after the Western churches.
The exact origins of the name "Easter" are unknown. Some claim that the word is derived from Eostre, the Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter back to an early Christian celebration know in Latin hebdomada alba, or white week. It referred to the white garments worn by those people baptized during that time. By the time the term had been translated into Old High German it became "esostarum" and then Easter in English. The French and Spanish term for Easter, Paques and Pascua respectively, are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha for Passover. Jesus returned to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover when he was crucified. To the early Christians, Passover came to mean Easter.
To the Greek and Roman Christian churches Easter is the entire season leading up to Easter Sunday, and not just the day itself. The 40 day period preceding Easter, or Lent, is a time of sacrifice and reflection that echoes the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness before starting his ministry. The day before the Lenten season, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, is the big blowout before the fasting begins. The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday. The palm crosses from the previous years Palm Sunday celebration are burned and the ashes are used to make the sign of the cross on the foreheads of the repentant. The week that immediately precedes Easter is called Holy Week and begins on Palm Sunday, which commemorates the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem. Palm trees being evergreen have long been associated with martyrs and everlasting life. Maundy Thursday is the day of the Last Supper when Christ gave his final mandate (believed to be the origins of the term Maundy) "Love one another." Good Friday honors the day of the crucifixion, and Easter Sunday, the resurrection.
Although the Bible makes no mention of this cuddly rodent who leaves brightly colored eggs to good little children, the easter bunny has become a holiday staple. The origins of this symbol are unclear. However, rabbits are known to be quite prolific and representative of this season of rebirth and fertility. The Easter bunny arrived in America in the 1700's with the German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania. Their tradition of "Osterhase" an egg-laying hare spread across the country.
Easter eggs definitely have their origins in ancient pagan traditions. There is no symbol as closely link to the idea of rebirth and renewal as the egg. Many cultures have creation myths that involve the egg. As for Christians, the egg begin to symbolize the rebirth of Christ. It is thought that since eggs were forbidden during the season of Lent, they were painted and decorated to mark the end of the fasting, and eaten on Easter as a celebration. The idea of the Easter egg hunt grew up with the Easter bunny. Children had to find the nest of brightly colored eggs left outside by the rabbit. Since 1878, the White House has celebrated the season with the official White House Egg Roll. The world's most famous Easter eggs are those designed by Peter Carl Fabergé for Czars Alexander III and Nicolas II of Russia. The first egg was constructed in 1885 as an Easter surprise for Alexander's wife Maria.
After halloween, Easter is the biggest candy selling day in America. Chocolate eggs date back to 19th century England. Jelly Beans, another Easter basket treat became associate with the holiday in the 1930's mostly because their shape resembles that of the Easter egg. And the top selling non-chocolate treat? The marshmallow Peep, of course. Just Born, a Pennsylvania-based candy manufacturer began selling Peeps in the 1950's. Originally they were handmade, but production now is completely mechanized to keep up with the demand.