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Spring

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Introduction

Spring is one of the best liked seasons. The air warms up, new flowers grow, and the harsh winter gives way to a colorful spring. Gentle rain revitalizes the earth, and people celebrate the end of winter and the arrival of warmer weather. Everyone loves spring!

  

Holidays

Easter

easter egg

Easter is a happy, fun spring holiday filled with bright colors and laughter. Children usually go on Easter egg hunts, looking for colorful plastic eggs with candy or other prizes inside. Each little egg is concealed in some discreet place for the children to find. Easter baskets are also given, laden with chocolate rabbits, candy, and more Easter eggs. Here are some sweet facts about Easter that you might not have known!

  • 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year.
  • 76% of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.
  • Each day, five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records the largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-ft high and made of chocolate and marshmallow. The egg weighed 8,968 lbs. and was supported by an internal steel frame.

For more interesting facts about this holiday, go to this website: Fun facts about Easter

Mother's Day

bouquet of pink roses

Mother's Day is always the second Monday in May each year. It is a day for children and adults alike to thank their mothers and a give them a much-needed day of relaxation and appreciation. Carnations and other flowers are often given as gifts, as are chocolates and cards. Whatever the gift, it is all for the same purpose-- to show Mom that she is appreciated! Here are some facts about Mother's Day:

  • $671 million are spent on Mother's Day cards annually.
  • President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother's Day a national holiday in 1914.
  • The shenzhen nongke orchid is the most expensive flower in the world, costing $248,912.
  • For more interesting facts about this holiday, go to this website: New Year's facts by the numbers

    Fathers Day

    father with kid fishing

    Father's Day is a day in June celebrating all the fathers in the world. It is a day for everyone to go and show their fathers how much they are loved and appreciated. Father's Day actiivites include fishing or other activities that involve quality time between the father and the child(ren). Whatever the activity, don't forget to show Dad how much he is appreciated! Here are some fun Father's Day facts:

  • There are an estimated 70.1 million fathers in the United States.
  • Roses are the official flower for Father's Day. A red rose is worn in the lapel if your father is living, a white rose if he is deceased.
  • Today, some of the most popular Internet searches connected to the day include "father's day recipes", "fathers's day poems", and "father's day crafts.
  • For more interesting facts about this holiday, go to this website: Father's Day trivia & fun facts


    Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

    Everyone knows that there are benefits to eating fruits and vegetables that are in season. So here are some things you might not have known about each fruit or vegetable!

    lemons

    1. Lemon oil is often used on the unsealed rosewood fingerboards of guitars and other stringed instruments.
    2. Sprinkling lemon juice on sliced apples, avocados and bananas will help keep them from oxidizing and turning brown.
    3. California produces more lemons than all of Europe.

    apricots

    1. In Latin, the apricot is called "praecocquum," which means "early-ripening peach."
    2. Dried apricots contain over 40 percent sugar.
    3. California harvested 77,300 tons of apricots in 2003.

    cherries

    1. Michigan has almost 4 million cherry trees, producing about 150-200 pounds of tart cherries on each tree.
    2. At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.
    3. Broadway in New York shifts west at East 10th Street because a cherry tree once stood there.


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