The origin of Easter bunny and colored eggs

The origin of Easter bunny and colored eggs

The history, traditions and stories of Christmas stories are well known the world the world over but I bet that although most of you have heard about Easter day, you do not know its tradition nor its history. Easter is actually the most important of Christian holidays and it is celebrated on Sunday between March 22 and April during the spring time of every year. The purpose of Easter day is to celebrate Jesus resurrection from the dead, a rebirth that is commemorated around vernal equinox. 

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The tradition is that the Easter Bunny leaves Easter eggs on Easter Sunday 

What is association between egg and  Easter day?  ‘Eggs’ in ancient times was a symbol of fertility and was often used in rituals to guarantee a woman has the ability to bear children. Rural ‘granny woman’ would use eggs to predict the sex of an unborn child by observing the rotation of an egg. Newborn chicks were also symbolic of rebirth and new life. For the celebration of Easter day, Easter eggs symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus. It acts as a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave as a miracle to show that life could win over death. The history of Easter Eggs means a symbol of new life should come as no surprise. Eggs do not seem alive until we see life when the chicks inside hatch out during spring time.

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What do people do on Easter's day 

Churches hold special services on Easter's day to commemorate the event. Parties are occasionally held to celebrate the event while games are played at these events. Traditionally two popular games are Easter egg hunts and Easter egg rolling. These two games are popular for egg-related traditions, including Easter day. Easter egg hunt is a game where parents will hide eggs outside (around the house or garden) for children to run around and find the eggs on Easter morning while Easter egg rolling is a symbol of re-enactment of the rolling away of stones from Christ’s tomb. The decoration of eggs is believed to date back to at least the 13th century. Chocolate Easter eggs are dyed colorfully then given to people as gifts to form blessings and express appreciation for Ostara's gift of abundance during Easter day. 

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Easter Egg Hunt

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Easter Egg Rolling 

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What do bunnies have to do with Easter day ?

Rabbits (bunnies) are an ancient symbol of the goddess of fertility and new life, it stems from pagan tradition – the festival of Eostre. Eostre had a hare as companion. The hare symbolized fertility and rebirth. After that, Christians changed the symbol of the hare to the Easter bunny. The connection between rabbits and Easter comes from Protestant Europe in the 17th century and brought to America a century later by German immigrants. Their children were told to make ‘nests’ for rabbits with their caps and bonnets, encourage them if they were good, and the Easter bunny would leave them colored eggs.  However in reality , the bible has never mentioned a long-eared and short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Eastern Sunday. In fact Rabbits don’t lay eggs at all! However, the Easter bunny of today has become a cherished aspect of the secular holiday for children all around the world! Happy Easter’s Day everyone!

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