What is Easter about? Easter is a Christian festival that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible says Christ died on the cross on Good Friday and came back to life three days later. Easter is on different dates each year, between 21 March and 25 April, depending on when there\’s a full moon in spring. There are some unusual modern traditions associated with it. Why do we have Easter eggs? A lot of us may chomp on chocolate eggs at Easter, but originally eating eggs was not allowed by the church during the week leading up to Easter (known as Holy Week). So any eggs laid that week were saved and decorated to make them \”Holy Week eggs\”, then given to children as gifts.
Victorians adapted the tradition with satin-covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts. Why are Easter eggs made of chocolate? The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th Century but were bitter and hard. As chocolate-making techniques improved, hollow eggs like the ones we have today were developed. They very quickly became popular and remain popular today. What\’s the Easter Bunny then? The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th Century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life.
Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life. It doesn\’t do all the work alone though. In Switzerland, Easter eggs are delivered by a cuckoo, and by a fox in parts of Germany.
It is believed that the idea of the Easter Bunny arrived with German immigrants coming to the United States in the 1700s. For German Lutherans the Easter Hare was a figure similar to Santa Claus, who would visit children and reward them for good behaviour with treats at the beginning of each Easter season, gifting them coloured eggs, candy, and sometimes even toys from a little basket that it carried. Another explanation lies in the story of the goddess Eostre (who some believe the name БEasterБ is derived from), the pagan goddess of spring and fertility.
Legend has it that Eostre came across a bird dying from the cold and transformed it into a rabbit so it would be covered in fur to keep it warm. Once transformed, however, it continued to lay eggs like a bird and would paint them each spring, presenting them as offerings to the goddess. In other versions of the tale, the rabbit would give the coloured eggs to children, rather than Eostre, which may have also started the tradition of children receiving colourful eggs on Easter Day. Painting Eggs