History and Origin of Easter Celebrations with Bunny and Eggs

by WriterArtist

Have you ever wondered “What is Easter Day” and the origin of Easter celebrations? Here are some facts and anecdotes for you that you can enjoy and tell to your kids too.

Have you also pondered on history about Easter and the origin of Easter bunnies?

As a kid I wondered what did the Easter rabbit and the eggs had to do with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

We need to explain the connections of Jesus being buried and rising to life again with a convincing story and morale associated to the story. The symbols are a result of traditions and culture handed over by the generations that have evolved and passed over with enhancements.

According to the legend, Easter baskets were used on occasions of offering to the goddess "Ostara Eostre" in the hope that she would bless mankind with a great harvest and fertile spring.

Fresh blossoming flowers, spring blooms, newborn babies and eggs all these traits characterize fertility, it being the prominent reason of the important part of festival, Easter symbols symbolized spring and fertility. The symbol of hare also got embedded because of their species' characteristics of reproducing quickly; interestingly it was also a symbol for Eostre, the German goddess of spring, fertility and renewal.

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History about Easter

 

According to a research, Easter owes its origin to the traditional Teutonic mythology. The phrase Easter came from the word “Eostre”, the ancient Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility symbolizing wealth and good times. This mythology was prominent in the 12th century and the origin lies in the Paganism.

According to the German legend of an Easter hare, which later on got altered to rabbit or bunny, the Easter Bunny  carried a basket stuffed with sweets and coloured eggs to kids on Easter early morning. This concept is thought to be introduced to The United States by early German settlers, and also continues to this date.

Another reason is due to the association of Easter coinciding with a new development cycle, Easter egg presents are linked to the celebration of Easter. Easter lilies are offered as presents simply because they bloom across the spring time when Easter is celebrated.

Origin of Easter Eggs

 

According to the legend, the tradition and origin of Easter eggs is believed to be contained in German traditions. German immigrants to America are believed to have brought this tradition with them. During the festive season of Easter, small children were asked to leave Easter bonnets and Easter baskets in hidden and rare places where ‘Oschter Haws’ were supposed to leave treats and colored eggs inside baskets of kind children. This is in line with the tradition of Xmas where Santa Claus leaves presents for the good children. 

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Origin of Easter Bunny

Similar to the history of Easter, the Easter bunny also has pagan origins. According to the ancient traditions and the German sources, the facts state that when the pagan goddess Eostre, the goddess of fertility and spring came across a deadly injured bird unable to take off with its wings, she took it on her heart to save the bird and transformed it into a rabbit. This bunny had special powers, the blessed one could lay eggs in any color of rainbow that it wished for, once in a year.

Legends have it that the bunny became proud and irritated the goddess Eostre later. In her anger and resentment, the goddesses banished the bunny to stars. But she softened, and granted the hare a wish. The bunny rabbit could return to earth once a year during the Easter spring festival. The bunny used this to give out colored eggs to kids as Easter gifts. The festive and fertile season of spring thus has the Easter bunny and Easter eggs originated and adopted from the pagan spring festival into the Easter festive season today.

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Where did Easter Originate from?

What is Easter Day?

The origin of Easter can be looked back to the spring festival being celebrated for centuries in the honor of pagan German goddess. It is easy to observe that the English term ‘Easter’ is follows from ‘Eostre’. The Christian celebration of Christ’s resurrection occurrence goes along with the spring festivals of the goddess Eostre.  Christian missionaries with the hope of converting pagans celebrated this festival as Easter. That is the reason we observe many pagan spring festival symbols and traditions during Easter festive season.

 

Celebrations of Easter are most popular among Christians. The occasion is marked with the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day following his crucifixion. Around the planet, millions of people celebrate Easter Sunday every year with zest and enthusiasm looking forward to meet their family and friend get-togethers. Christians dress in new clothes prepare to attend special Easter service in churches across the world, home décor uses Easter rabbits, chicks and Easter eggs all an important part of the typical Easter celebrations.

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Updated: 04/09/2014, WriterArtist
 
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VioletteRose on 04/09/2014

Very well explained, and beautiful posters :)

ologsinquito on 04/09/2014

I had assumed the Easter eggs had some sort of pagan origin, but, as a Catholic, I never had a problem with this. The Catholic Church has a history of putting a Christian meaning on some pagan customs. It was a gentle approach to converting. I agree. All of the images in your article are very lovely.

KathleenDuffy on 04/09/2014

I love the things you have chosen, especially the baskets! Lovely article.

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