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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