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How did the Easter Bunny and Egg come to represent Easter?

Easter is considered the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church. The events leading up to Easter are recounted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The exact origins of the Easter Bunny and egg are not clear, but here are a couple of theories.

In Christian beliefs, the egg was a symbol of the resurrection, and the empty shell was a metaphor for Jesus’ tomb.

Another theory suggests that the Easter Bunny originated from pagan springtime celebrations that honored the fertility goddess Eostre (or Ostara), whose symbols included the hare and the egg.

The egg represents new life and rebirth that happens in Spring.

The custom of the Easter egg hunt was thought to come from Germany. Some suggest that its origins date back to the late 16th century when the Protestant reformer Martin Luther organized egg hunts for his people. The men would hide the eggs for the women and children to find.

German immigrants brought the tradition to America in the 1700s, where it became more widespread and integrated into Easter celebrations.

In addition to its religious significance, Easter has also become a cultural holiday celebrated by people of various backgrounds, often with secular customs such as Easter egg decorating, Easter baskets, and the Easter Bunny.

Overall, the story of Easter is one of faith, hope, and the celebration of new beginnings, both spiritually and symbolically.

That's it in a nutshell - or um Eggshell..

Have a wonderful week and a nice Easter Sunday.

Easter Bunny and Eggs
Easter bunny and eggs


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