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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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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."
we eat Easter eggs at Easter to celebrate new life.
It's a celebration of new life during the Spring Equinox which means, whoops, it's a "pagan" tradition (to use the term "pagan" quite loosely). My guess is that Christianity… attached new significance to the springtime tradition when Jesus was resurrected, but it's original meaning was about new life (babies), not resurrection (coming back to life) -- maybe I'm splitting hairs here (or hares, har har!).
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. :-)
What has become today's Easter Bunny is actually a survivingremnant of much older traditions celebrated in pre-Christian days,and still practised today by Pagans around the wo…rld. Bunnies, orrabbits, are fertility symbols, sacred to the Goddess of the Dawn,once known as Ostarra or Eostara, which is from where Easter takesits name. Due to the rabbits' ability to procreate at light speed,the rabbit is a perfect symbol for fertility, which is a focus ofnatural life cycles in the spring. Eggs, too, are a natural symbolfor fertility - from the egg comes life. . During Spring Equinox celebrations both past and present, thefocus is on Spring growth. All the blossoms on the trees, newshoots of flowers popping up above the ground, and new bornanimals, including the ever producing rabbit, are all signs for usto see that the season of Spring has begun and nature continues itscycle as ever before. . When Christianity began to spread, one way of getting Pagans toaccept the newest religion was to overlap Christian values andideas with current and much loved pagan customs, to attract thelocals to the church and pull them away from their long practisedways of honoring and living with nature. The Easter Bunny and Egghunts are two such carryovers that, in the beginning, had nothingto do with the Christian faith or belief in Jesus' resurrection.But these pagan ideas helped those wandering priests to get theattention of the pagans they sought to convert. Pagans aroundEurope loved their goddesses and symbols of life that theyunderstood much more clearly than the Bible, which was not readilyavailable to the common people anyway. Incorporating these paganpractices was discovered to be a key ingredient to bring morepeople under the church, and it made Christianity itself moreacceptable. After all, the most successful missionaries are thosewho seek to understand the people they wish to convert by livingtheir life without compromising anyone's beliefs. Because theChristian church celebrates the Resurrection of Christ in thespring, it made sense to them to "borrow" from Pagan Spring ritesin order to make the attraction to the newer religion plausible. . The short answer is: Rabbits (and eggs) have come to be seen assymbols of new life and rebirth, and the Christian celebration ofEaster is all about new life, because of Christ's resurrection, andthe new life He bought for us.
because christians belive that at Easter Jesus died and then rose again. And the chick represents new life.
Easter is springtime and spring is the season for renewal of life. That little yellow fluffy chick has become the symbol of that new life for many people because the egg is al…so a sign of the circle of life renewed and the chick comes from the egg. This is a marketing tool for many advertisers. The cute little chick is very appealing and represents good things.
Because some people make decorated eggs for Easter, they think thatchicks are cute pets. When the chicks are no longer little,children and parents get bored of them and this b…ecomes a bigproblem. Do not buy chicks as Easter pets.
Easter is the present representation of the old spring fertility festivals borrowed by the Christians. The name recollects the Saxon's Mother Goddess "Eostre" or the season "e…astre" (Spring). Creatures and objects representing fertility are is symbols. Eggs are symbol of things coming to life and rabbits, being fecund creatures, are symbolic of breeding success and many children.
because a bunny symbolizes that spring has started and a new life
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
symbol of new life.
Because Easter originated from Egypt. It was a celebration in honor of Queen Ishtar hence Easter. Her sacred animal (as in some owned sacred cats or dogs) was a rabbit. The eg…g was also known as sacred to her (I don't know why) so it was celebrated with an egg and a rabbit (or what is now an Easter bunnie) pagan religion has been changed slightly over and over again until it became a holiday celebrated by all (even Christians) internationally. -The Tiger Lily (^_^)
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.
\n. When the rabbit stole an egg last April 1, 1884.
We keep a lot of traditions around from the past that don't make alot of sense anymore. Rabbits and eggs were both symbols of life,and spring, and when old traditions met new …traditions some thingsstuck and others didn't... just like those traditions stick today,even though it's pretty silly to hide plastic eggs and then gosearching for them. It's just something that was passed down to us,and we thought it was fun, so we do it too.