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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Connie, I learned a lot from your post!  I had heard about it being a pagan festival...but didn't know all the details.  We still enjoy dyeing eggs this time of year.  Easter is my FAVORITE holiday! :)

March 31, 2012 03:13 PM
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Connie, interesting the things you learn here. This is all new to me.

March 31, 2012 03:16 PM
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Interesting information!  and as we all know Easter is the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the 1st day of Spring~

March 31, 2012 03:19 PM
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Sonja - It's amazing that we take some things for granted. Yesterday my ESL students were asking me about the holiday and I didn't have answers! Now I do. :)

March 31, 2012 03:22 PM
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Good evening, Connie. I have heard this before. Interesting how the mingling of Christianity and Paganism has made for strange bedfellows...

March 31, 2012 03:29 PM
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Tammie - It was new to me too. I had to do some research for my English Students.

Patty - I always get that confused and think that it's linked to Passover.

March 31, 2012 03:39 PM
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Great post.  Many people have no idea what the Easter season is about.

March 31, 2012 04:05 PM
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Michael - I found it very interesting too.

William - Sadly you're right. I was explaining it to my students yesterday and that started a lot of questions.

March 31, 2012 04:29 PM
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Connie- I love this information.  I had no idea that Catholics had been forbidden to eat eggs during Lent.  I was listening to a show last night that showed how Peeps were made. 

March 31, 2012 06:11 PM
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Connie

Very interesting story, thanks for sharing the story.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

March 31, 2012 07:52 PM
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Good morning Connie,

Very interesting post..I had never heard Catholics had been forbidden to eat eggs during lent! William is right..many have no clue what the Easter celbration is all about:).

April 01, 2012 04:31 AM
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Kathy - I thought it was so odd when I came across that!

Lou - I hope you're having a great weekend.

Dorie - It's sad that so many don't understand the importance of Easter.

April 01, 2012 11:06 AM
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Connie~ You learn something new every day.  I wonder when jelly beans and peeps were included in the holiday celebration, oh yeah, and Easter baskets!

April 01, 2012 11:47 AM
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Donna - Now it's like Halloween and Valentine's day. All about the Candy!

April 01, 2012 02:58 PM
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Joy Daniels
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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? 

April 01, 2012 09:48 PM
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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!

April 02, 2012 03:19 PM
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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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