As a kid Easter was one of my favorite holidays. First, I got a new outfit for church including shoes so the anticipation of Easter started early with shopping. But I couldn’t wait to wake up to see if the Easter bunny had stopped by to leave a beautiful Easter basket filled with treats. I even enjoyed dying eggs and insisted that we do it every year. And how can you not have fun at an Easter Egg Hunt?
However, despite the fun, I was always curious about why the egg and bunny became the cultural symbols of Easter and thought you might find it interesting too.
The original holiday is connected to the celebration of the pagan Equinox celebrating spring, fertility, and new beginnings. Of course, this includes the fertility needed to plant crops and have a successful fall harvest. Since the days are equal during the Equinox, it’s believed that the pairing of the egg and rabbit symbolized the uniting of the moon goddess, represented by the egg, and the sun god, represented by the hare. However, eggs have historically been associated with many spring celebrations symbolizing new beginnings including a prominent place in the Passover Seder.
Easter is named after Eostre, pronounced Easter, the Anglo-Saxon Goddess associated with fertility and sex.
The next known mention of the rabbit and eggs happened in Germany where children eagerly awaited the arrival of Oschter Haws, a rabbit laying colored eggs in a nest on Easter morning. It’s believed the tradition accompanied German immigrants to America.
How do you celebrate Easter? And however you celebrate, have a happy one!!!