Interesting statistics about Easter

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How many people know the Easter story? What do chocolate eggs have to do with Easter? What do children understand about the Easter story? Read our latest blog post for some interesting statistics on all things relating to Easter!


Meaningful chocolate eggs for Easter

According to Meaningful Chocolate, Did you know that out of 80 million chocolate Easter Eggs sold each year in the UK, not one of them mentions Jesus on the box?

Apart from the Real Easter Egg! According to Meaningful Chocolate, this is the UK’s first and only Fairtrade charity egg that mentions Jesus and the events of the Christian period of Holy Week on the box.


Scripture Union

According to Scripture Union, 95% of children and young people in England and Wales do not go to church. They have undertaken research and developed resources to help young people share and grow in their faith.


Bible Society Survey

A survey was conducted amongst children aged 8 to 15  on behalf of Bible Society in 2014.

It found that 43% had never seen, read or heard of the Crucifixion. It also found that:

  • 28% think the hare and the tortoise feature in the Easter story
  • 29% did not know that God raised Jesus from the dead
  • 90% knew that Jesus was nailed to a cross
  • 80% knew that it was Judas who betrayed Jesus

You can read the full report here.


Panel Survey from 2012

A ComRes panel survey carried out in 2012 across representatives from all denominations in the UK found that:

  • 90 per cent of Christians think Children today know less about the crucifixion and resurrection than they did 30 years ago.
  • 77 per cent of practising Christians believe Easter is a more important festival than Christmas.
  • 63 per cent of Christians think that Easter egg hunts or egg painting and similar activities are a good way of engaging children with the Easter story.


2021 census

Although numbers have declined since the 2011 Census, the largest religion was still Christianity with 27.5 million people (46.2% of the population). Muslims were the next largest religious group with 3.9 million people (6.5% of the population). Of the other main religious groups: 1 million people identified as Hindu (1.7% of the population), 524,000 people identified as Sikh (0.9%), 271,000 people as Jewish (0.5%) and 273,000 people as Buddhist (0.5%).


Mary sits on the grass and holds the dead body of Jesus. She is holding his head on her knees and weeping.