Easter is a very important time of year for Christians. It is the day in which they celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead. In order to celebrate this event, Christians hide eggs, eat candy and get a midnight visit from a bunny. But, really, where did these traditions come from? Let’s find out.
The Easter Bunny
The origin of the Easter bunny isn’t entirely clear. Rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. It makes sense that a holiday which celebrates the resurrection would claim the symbol of fertility and new life to be the mammal Mascotte of the day.
The tradition was brought to the United States in the 1700s by German immigrants, who told their children that the fabled Easter Bunny brought eggs overnight, and that those Easter Eggs could be found in a nest behind the house.
Easter eggs can be linked to old pagan traditions. Eggs were used to celebrate the coming of the Spring during the pagan festivals, as the symbol of new life.
Christians took the tradition of egg celebration as a symbol for Jesus' emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Like the Pagans of old, Christians use the egg to celebrate new life – eternal life.
This tradition has spread to other egg related traditions, like easter egg hunts, parades and races.
The largest Easter Egg ever made? Standing 25 feet high and weighing more than 8,000 pounds it was built out of chocolate and marshmallow and supported by an internal steel frame.
Decorating eggs seems to be a tradition that started even before the beginning of the thirteenth century. The story goes that eggs were a forbidden food during the Lenten season. People would decorate the eggs during the season, then celebrate on Easter Day by eating their decorated eggs.