Easter is soon upon us (April 16 to be exact) and despite the usual chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and other sweet treats, Easter egg huntsВare still the most popular tradition. If you stop and really think about it, itвs a bit odd someone hides a bunch of eggs and we suddenly turn into our 10-year-old selves, trying to find them as many as we can to fill up our baskets. But the question is why? OK, let s try to get to the bottom of this beloved tradition. Egg as a symbol. While Easter is a religious holiday, the egg is more likely a pagan tradition. For Christians, the
В Jesusв resurrection and emergence from the tomb (a rebirth if you will). Decorating the egg a forbidden food during Lent season symbolized celebrating the end of a season of fasting.
Hunting for eggs. Truth be told, there s actually not much out there to be said as toВ why we hunt for eggs, which kind of makes it all the more fun and ridiculous that this tradition had been around for years. What we do know is that it (well sort of). In Germany, children would wait for Osterhase (the German version of the Easter bunny), to leave eggs in the the nests that children left in the gardens. On Easter Sunday, the children would search for their nests to see what eggs the Osterhase left behind. As Germans immigrated to America, they brought their Easter tradition with them, and thus, the Easter egg hunt was born (with slight adjustments, of course). xx, The FabFitFun Team 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.