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Easter bunnies and Easter eggs Easter bunnies and Easter eggs
by The Ovi Team
2017-04-16 10:12:19
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Rabbits have been associated with springtime since ancient times. It is believed that a symbol of the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring Eostre was the hare. It was Eostre's sacred animal since it was a symbol of fertility and the rebirth of nature following winter.

easter01_400_01As rabbits are similar to hares and are very common everywhere, Christians changed the symbol to the Easter bunny. So the modern symbol of the Easter bunny comes from pagan times.

The tradition of the Easter bunny leaving a basket of treats such as Easter eggs and chocolates on Easter Day is common in America but not in Britain. Parents of American children often hide eggs in the garden for children to find. Sometimes their children leave out carrots for the Easter bunny. The idea of an egg-laying rabbit went to America in the 1700's through immigrants arriving from Germany. They told their children to make 'nests' before Easter with their caps and bonnets and if they were good the Easter bunny would leave them coloured eggs.

The custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life. Christians remember that Jesus, after dying on the cross, rose from the dead. This miracle showed that life could win over death.

For Christians the egg is a symbol of Jesus' resurrection, as when they are cracked open they stand for the empty tomb. No-one actually knows when eggs were first used as symbols at festival times but it was long before Jesus' time. Eggs were always thought to be special because although they do not seem alive, they have life within them especially at springtime when chicks hatch out.

Long ago people gave gifts of eggs carved from wood or precious stones. The first sweet eggs that were eaten were made in the last 100 years from sugar or marzipan. Since then chocolate eggs have become popular and these are given on Easter Sunday.

In some countries parents tell their children the Easter Hare or Bunny has hidden chocolate eggs and they race to find them round the house or garden. Children in other countries decorate hard-boiled eggs at Easter time by painting or dyeing them.

In some countries such as the United States egg rolling is a popular Easter game. This is usually done with coloured eggs. One of the most well known events is held in America on the White House lawn. Children and parents push the eggs along through the grass with wooden spoons.


      
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Emanuel Paparella2011-04-24 15:43:12
Indeed, the rebirth of nature at Spring-time, and eggs, and rabbits, and flowers, and chicks have been celebrated from time immemorial, they are in fact pagan rituals, but the Resurrection points to the possibility and in fact the probability that those too may be symbols of something higher and transcendent to which the human spirit aspires. Reductionism is the biggest mistake of modern science and philosophy within Western civilization; i.e., the ingrained habit of explaining the higher by the lower. One takes the material and explains the spiritual thus lowering it to the material, and then one sings with Madonna “I am a material man.” One takes the resurrection of Jesus Christ and explains it by the rebirth of nature and rabbits and eggs and flowers. I suggest that such reasoning is tupsy turvy. Berkeley, had it more on target: without an observer there is no existence and therefore the spiritual is primary and explains the material, as modern scientists are now discovering, to their great surprise. In any case, HAPPY EASTER.


Abigail George2017-04-17 19:50:49
Happy Easter Leah Sellers! My American paper tiger empress.


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