By Felicia Farnsworth
We all know that Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The New Testament describes it as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion. The week before Easter is referred to as “Holy Week” by most Christians.
This week contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday as well as Good Friday. Easter customs vary across the Christian world and include sunrise services. Easter eggs are symbols of the empty tomb and the Easter Lily symbolizes the resurrection of Christ.
The Easter Bunny is part of a custom originating in Germany. It is a popular legendary Easter gift giving character. It is similar to the custom of Santa Claus. Coloring hard boiled eggs is a tradition found around the world and carried out by children. The Easter Bunny is not just celebrated by Christians but by pagans as well.
The symbol of the rabbit is from the ancient pagan tradition believed to have started the celebration of Easter or the festival of Eostre. The bunny was the goddess of fertility and spring’s animal symbol. The tradition of the Easter Bunny was introduced in the 1700’s by German immigrants in Pennsylvania.
The rabbit would lay colorful eggs as gifts to children who were good. In return the children would create a nest for the rabbit to lay the eggs. Eggs have long been the symbol of fertility, rebirth, and new life.
This is why the Easter Bunny brings eggs. Easter, over the years, has evolved to Easter egg hunts, parades, and egg coloring parties.