What do Eggs and Bunnies have to do with Easter?

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What do Eggs and Bunnies have to do with Easter?

Easter itself, was originally a Pagan Festival celebrating the Return of Spring. The Easter EggsFestival commemorated the Anglo Saxon's goddess of Springtime and Fertility, Eastre. Her earthly symbol was the Hare.

In the Second Century, Christian missionaries tried to convert the Anglo Saxons to Christianity. Early converts were reluctant to give up their own holidays. Slowly they tied the Springtime celebration of Eastre to the same time that was recognized to celebrate the Risen Christ. The name was eventually changed to Easter.


In the 18th Century, German Immigrants brought the idea of an Egg Laying Hare to the United States. That's right a Hare, not a Rabbit. According to legend, only good Children would receive colored eggs in the Nests that they made in their caps and bonnets.

Catholics were forbidden to eat Eggs during Lent. Easter then became the time that they could eat them again. The egg is the symbol of  rebirth and also of Fertility. Thus the abundance of Eggs on Easter Sunday!


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I didn't realize that part of Easter - thanks for sharing.  I posted earlier today about the reason for Palm Sunday -

http://activerain.com/blogsview/3116366/what-is-palm-sunday-

 

 

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Hares (or rabbits, for that matter) make fertility symbols at least as powerful as the egg.  I think I will go eat peeps.  Or are they cheeps? 

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Hi Connie, I always like to hear the back-story, and you have done well. This is a great place to learn all kinds of things!

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Joy - Going to head over there and see what you have to say! :)

Marge - ROTFL!!!!

Sandy - Totally unexpected isn't it! To think that one of our Holiest days began as a pagan celebration.

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