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What do rabbits chicks and Easter eggs have to do with Easter?
They have virtually nothing to do with the resurrection as it as celebrated religiously. The secular practices at Easter time, including the word Easter itself, have more to do with the pagan celebrations at springtime, usually on or near the vernal equinox. The word Easter is derived from the name of the goddess Ishtar, and the rabbits and eggs are essentially symbols of fertility, something sacred to the cults of Ishtar. There is the obvious life force connection between fertility and the resurrection from the dead. The Roman church has made use of other connections with pagan practice in order to highlight the breadth and appeal of Roman Catholic practice.
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Eggs signify new life, which Jesus Christ gave us in the resurrection, allowing us to have eternal life after death with him in heaven. Thus the eggs signify new life, this wa…s its original beginning. It has become secularized, but it still has a Christian foundation. The egg was used by ancient people well before it was used by the Catholic church for Easter. The church took the pagen holiday of Estor and made it into a christian religious celebration. The egg has always been seen as new life to ancient people.
What has become today's Easter Bunny is actually a surviving remnant of much older traditions celebrated in pre-Christian days, and still practised today by Pagans around …the world. Bunnies, or rabbits, are fertility symbols, sacred to the Goddess of the Dawn, once known as Ostarra or Eostara, which is from where Easter takes its name. Due to the rabbits' ability to procreate at light speed, the rabbit is a perfect symbol for fertility, which is a focus of natural life cycles in the spring. Eggs, too, are a natural symbol for fertility - from the egg comes life. During Spring Equinox celebrations both past and present, the focus is on Spring growth. All the blossoms on the trees, new shoots of flowers popping up above the ground, and new born animals, including the ever producing rabbit, are all signs for us to see that the season of Spring has begun and nature continues its cycle as ever before. When Christianity began to spread, one way of getting Pagans to accept the newest religion was to overlap Christian values and ideas with current and much loved pagan customs, to attract the locals to the church and pull them away from their long practised ways of honoring and living with nature. The Easter Bunny and Egg hunts are two such carryovers that, in the beginning, had nothing to do with the Christian faith or belief in Jesus' resurrection. But these pagan ideas helped those wandering priests to get the attention of the pagans they sought to convert. Pagans around Europe loved their goddesses and symbols of life that they understood much more clearly than the Bible, which was not readily available to the common people anyway. Incorporating these pagan practices was discovered to be a key ingredient to bring more people under the church, and it made Christianity itself more acceptable. After all, the most successful missionaries are those who seek to understand the people they wish to convert by living their life without compromising anyone's beliefs. Because the Christian church celebrates the Resurrection of Christ in the spring, it made sense to them to "borrow" from Pagan Spring rites in order to make the attraction to the newer religion plausible. The short answer is: Rabbits (and eggs) have come to be seen as symbols of new life and rebirth, and the Christian celebration of Easter is all about new life, because of Christ's resurrection, and the new life He bought for us.
we eat Easter eggs at Easter to celebrate new life.
It has nothing to do with Christianity. The legend has it that there was a beautiful bird who loved the goddess Isis. Each year on the spring equinox would come and lay her co…lorful eggs at the feet of the goddess. The goddess promised to grant her a wish and she said she would like to be a soft cuddly bunny, but Isis loving the eggs granted her wish but continued to lay her eggs each spring.The word "Easter" is a distortion of the name "Estre," a pagan fertility Goddess. The early church in effect took over a pagan time of celebration, and adapted the name to suit its own needs. The original Christian church celebrating Christ's resurrection every week by meeting for worship on the first day of the week (upon which He rose) celebrated the Pascha, which is a celebration "of His death till He comes."This is the feast we are actually commanded to keep, then we fast on Friday, attend a vigil on Saturday and rejoice the morning of His resurrection (the Feast of First Fruits). But the Roman Catholic Church altered this practice first and centuries later by imposition developed a tradition of celebrating the Resurrection as the feast. Rabbits and eggs are pagan fertility symbols of extreme antiquity. Birds lay eggs and rabbits give birth to large litters in the early spring these became symbols of the rising fertility of the earth during the spring season. Since Easter also occurs in the early spring, people brought the beloved pagan symbols into the Christian celebration of Easter. These pagan symbols have become part of the Christian tradition. They do not take anything away from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and they add to the celebration. Christianity has frequently absorbed the positive and neutral symbols of pagan religions while leaving the negative symbols behind, similar to Christmas trees and Halloween costumes.The English word Easter is from the Old English words Ēastre or Ēostre or Eoaste. Eostre/Eostra/Eastre was the name of a pagan Saxon goddess, goddess of dawn, spring and fertility. Apparently rabbits were her favorite animal. Eggs, hares and rabbits have long been symbols of fertility. Eostra's consort was the Sun god, and it is reported that the first Sunday after the first full moon succeeding the vernal equinox was sacred to her. Going further back, there appears to be a connection between Eostra and the ancient goddess Astarte, a goddess connected with fertility and sexuality. Perhaps Eostra is the European name for the same goddess. The Greeks used the word 'Aphrodite' for the goddess Astarte. And the Romans called her Venus. According to ancient myths and legends, Astarte gave birth to Eros. According to one source, the ancient German goddess Ostara (Eostre in Anglo-Saxon) had a hare as a companion, and that this may have led to the 'Easter Bunny' customs. This source adds that rabbits were part of pre-Christian fertility lore. For more information, see Related links below this box.
Very simply, Christians have eggs at Easter because pagans used to celebrate the coming of spring with eggs (which were a sign of new life and rebirth). When Christianity spre…ad and conquered pagan cultures, the old customs got absorbed into the new religion. This process is called "religious syncretism."
because they represent new life.
It represents new life.
When the rabbit stole an egg last April 1, 1884.
The egg was a symbol of spring, fertility, and rebirth over 2,000 years ago, long before it began a world-wide association with the Christian celebration of Easter. There is n…o widely practiced symbolism associated with birds at Easter, unless the commercial sale of chocolate birds is considered a tradition in some places.
Rabbits and eggs are pagan fertility symbols of extreme antiquity. Birds lay eggs and rabbits give birth to large litters in the early spring these became symbols of the …rising fertility of the earth during the spring season. Since Easter also occurs in the early spring, people brought the beloved pagan symbols into the Christian celebration of Easter. These pagan symbols have become part of the Christian tradition. They do not take anything away from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and they add to the celebration. Christianity has frequently absorbed the positive and neutral symbols of pagan religions while leaving the negative symbols behind, similar to Christmas trees and Halloween costumes.
it represents new life like when Mary went to go see Jesus he was gone and everyone believed he was then a spirit so it represents new life
There is not an exact age for the Easter Rabbit. The first ever mentioning of a rabbit symbolizing Easter was in Germany in the 1500s. The Easter Rabbit was introduced to Amer…ica in the 1700s.
you celebrate choclate eggs on easter because jesus last desert was choclate
The Easter egg represents the empty tomb that the two women found the day after Jesus had been crucified. But now most Easter eggs have chocolate inside them, this takes away …the meaning and religiousness.
Well, i personally think there is a bilby at Easter for this side of the world and a rabbit for the other! but that's me. Or..... OK ill finish his sentience Easter is celebr…ated with a rabbit because one of Jesus disciple's was a rabbit and it was known that rabbits have a pure heart so they were told to be the true popes i don't know why but that's why. :-)
Easter comes from a pagan spring rite and eggs represent the rebirth of the world after the death in winter. The Catholic Church in the Middle Ages was able to convert the pa…gan tribes and give another meaning to Easter.
Because people are too cheap to buy chocolate bunnies. Also because Easter commemorates the resurrection of Christ, and eggs are symbolic of new/renewed life. Nests full o…f eggs and newborn bunnies also begin to appear around the March/April timeframe, and so have become symbolic of Spring, another symbol of new/renewed life. The custom of creating and giving out "Easter" eggs predates Christianity. The egg is widely used as a symbol of the start of new life, just as new life emerges from an egg when the chick hatches out. It was an integral part of any spring (vernal equinox) celebrations, and became incorporated in Christian practices. The ancient Persians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the Spring equinox. At the Jewish Passover Seder, a hard-boiled egg dipped in salt water symbolizes both new life and the Passover sacrifice offered at the Temple in Jerusalem. The pre-Christian Saxons had a spring goddess called Eostre, whose feast was held on the Vernal Equinox, around 21 March. Eostre was associated with eggs, and the rebirth of the land in spring was symbolized by the egg. The pre-christian slavs decorated eggs with beeswax and dyes in spring for talismanic reasons. These eggs, with the proper designs drawn on them, were used to bless and protect each household, and given as gifts to friends and family to confer blessings onto them. Symbols utilized include depictions of the sun, rain, harvest and the Berehynia (mother goddess). Pope Gregory the Great ordered his missionaries to use old religious sites and festivals and absorb them into Christian rituals where possible. The Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ was ideally suited to be merged with the Pagan feast of Eostre and many of the traditions were adopted into the Christian festivities. Additionally, the practices of the Great Lent which preceded Easter included abstention from consuming meat, milk and eggs. The eggs were set aside, and then prepared for and consumed on Easter itself. and also the egg represents the tomb stone that blocked him where Jesus was buried but then he came back to life