Easter History Relating to Christianity, Eggs, Rabits, and Resurrection of JesusSpirituality, Motivation & Religion
There is a relationship between Christian history, the resurrection, and the metaphor of eggs as the tomb Jesus rose from on Easter Sunday centuries ago. The adage of eggs as a symbolic tool of resurrection and breaking free is even older than Christianity. Here are more traditional explanations and reasons for bunnies and eggs to appear during one of the holiest religious holidays on Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday ends Holy Week for Christians and was first set to be celebrated as the first Sunday following a full moon by the Council of Nicea in the year 325. This is often called the Paschal Full Moon. Eastern Christianity however bases Easter on the Julian calendar.
The symbolism of Easter eggs actually has a longer timeline extending beyond Christianity but was adapted for the ease of access and relation to Jesus rising from the tomb which is the shell of the egg. The coloring of Easter eggs began as a festive tradition which stands today as part of the colorful celebration of salvation for Christians.
Bunny rabbits as popular seasonal pets have actually created a big problem for shelters and breeders because of the momentary excitement and passive abandonment of the animals after the season is through. There have been increased attempts to reduce the adoption of rabbits around Easter because of this by local humane societies in the United States.
The more secular Easter bunny at shopping malls and local attractions has also taken off but did extend from early church leaders hiding eggs and having rabbits around for thematic celebration as a motif. Today’s traditions vary from around the world but nearly always include some form of rabbits in their celebrations.
Easter is often linked to the calendar relation and symbolism of the Jewish Passover celebration. The words are etymologically related and come from the same root “Pascha”.
Easter marks the end to the forty days of Lent and sacrifice and mark one of the biggest times to celebrate and rejoice in the Christian calendar. A fifty day period of Eastertide ensues and ends on Pentecost Sunday.
Some Christians celebrate Easter with an all-night vigil which usually includes many Baptisms in the local church. It is traditional for the congregation to renew their baptismal promises as well.
However you choose to celebrate I hope you will be thankful for everything you have and treat people well around you even if you are not religious. I wish you all a Happy Easter!