The Easter Bunny, painted Easter eggs, both centuries old traditions, but what do they really represent?
This Easter weekend, Knoxweb would like to take a moment to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday, the resurrection of Jesus Christ after the crucifixion on Good Friday.
He is Risen
When Jesus died on the cross, he rose again on Easter Sunday, three days later. Those three days are referred to as the Easter Triduum.
Why is Easter on a different Day every Year?
The oldest and certainly the most important festival for the Christian Church, Easter falls on the first Sunday just after the first full moon after the Northern Spring Equinox between March 21 and April 25.
Today people all over the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with baskets filled with chocolate eggs delivered by the Easter Bunny. But why do people hide and hunt for eggs?
Even before Christianity, eggs were seen as the first signs of spring. Spring is the celebration of rebirth after the dark harsh winters.
Everyone loves to color Easter eggs. But why? A symbol from the Mesopotamian times the Christian community, which is in the area of Kuwait, Syria and Iraq would stain the eggs red symbolizing the blood of Christ. During Easter, the eggs would be cracked open against each other leaving empty shells, thus symbolizing the tomb of Jesus Christ. The tradition is alive today with the egg symbolizing the rock rolling away from the tomb of Jesus.
Over the centuries, Easter egg designers and jewelers started creating beautifully decorated eggs. These elaborate creations, known as Faberge eggs, are priceless today.
Introduced in the 19th century and originating in Germany and France, chocolate eggs are fairly new. Thanks to the sophisticated chocolate production during the time, chocolate eggs became marketable during Easter, just like Christmas.
The Rabbit and the Hare
Rabbits have been a symbol of spring for centuries. According to historians, the people of the time believed that the Goddess of Spring, Eostre, had a partner that was a hare. The hare symbolizes rebirth and fertility. Christians later changed the hare to what is the symbol of Easter today, the Easter Bunny.
The Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny became a household name in the 19th century and became a symbol of new birth as rabbits have many litters with lots of babies, called kittens. According to legend, the Easter bunny lays and then decorates the eggs before hiding them representing rebirth.
Before you take a bite of that chocolate egg, take a moment and remember the true meaning of one the oldest religious Christian holiday in the world. Happy Easter from Knoxweb.