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What does the Easter bunny have to do with Easter and the egg?
- 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 colorful 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.
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He hops around all over the world with his little basket full of choc. and delivers to all the little girls and boys just like santa.
God created all but the chocolate bunny God created all animals and birds fully mature & ready to reproduce - therefore, the chicken and rabbit came BEFORE any eggs or …bunnies.
Nothing, actually. People have been celebrating spring for as long as weather got cold in the winter, and food supplies dwindled. Birds usually lay their eggs in the spring,… so eggs were a natural symbol for spring, rebirth, and new life. Rabbits are very fertile animals whose babies scampered about in spring, so they also became symbols of spring. Many ancient cultures celebrated the coming of spring with religious ceremonies. When the Romans were spreading across Europe, there were a lot of different religions, and assimilating people to Christianity was a challenge. Instead of simply forcing a whole new religion on people, they simply 'adopted' traditional dates and celebrated the Christian holidays on those same dates. Christmas also falls on around the time of pagan holidays that were celebrated during the winter solstice (Saturnalia, Yule, Rizdvo). Rabbits and eggs were both symbols of fertility and part of traditional pagan spring celebration of Ostara. They were incorporated into Christian Easter by a process of religious syncretism.
The bunny rabbit is a prolific reproducer because the species is prey for a number of other animals and therefore is a symbol for the pagan goddess Easter, a variant of Astart…e/Ishtar/April. The original Easter bunny was probably associated with the Pagan equinox festival that predated Easter. The Saxons devoted the month of April to celebrating their goddess of spring and fertility, who was, not coincidentally, named Eastre. Eastre's sacred animal was the hare (a rabbit) - not surprising since the rabbit is one of the most common symbols of fertility and rebirth. The colored eggs carried by today's Easter bunnies have another, even more ancient origin. Eggs have long been associated with fertility and springtime festivals - for so long, in fact, that the precise roots of the association are unknown. Ancient Romans and Greeks utilized eggs in festivals celebrating resurrected gods. The egg also featured prominently in the Jewish rituals of Passover - and still today the roasted egg has prominence on the seder table as an essential symbol of springtime and rebirth. Scholars believe that the pairing of the hare and the egg together in Easter may also have Pagan roots. During springtime, when days and nights were equal length, the hare was identified with the moon goddess and the egg with the sun god. Pairing the two together offered a kind of ying and yang to spring equinox celebration.
The Easter bunny and the Easter eggs Both eggs and rabbits have to do with fertility. Spring festivals tend to be about fertility and rebirth. This is a tradition that is olde…r than Christianity and was coopted by Christianity when it was becoming a popular religion. As a recent religion, Christianity was usually smart enough not to mess with the local celebrations but just adapt them a little bit. That made it easier for people to go along. From pagan religion, both the egg and the bunny are symbols of fertility. In the pagan religion, Easter was the "spring festival", celebrating fertility and requesting that the Gods give good crops. It makes sense that the rabbit and the egg would be symbols of spring festival. Easter is also a symbol of the Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eostre, as the holiday was originally named after. Easter is a relatively new adoption of spelling which was used, as said above, to help make the coexistence and/or transition of religions go much smoother.
Actually, they have nothing to do with the spiritual aspect of Easter for those who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Originally, rabbits and hares were associated with E…astre, a celebration for the goddess Eastre.
Almost nothing. The Easter egg symbolizes new life (or something of the sort) Someone just started the Easter Bunny trend for the fun of it. Jesus Christ died on the cross… and three days later resurrected into Heaven and THAT is what Easter is REALLY about.
Many western countries incorporate the concept of Easter bunnies delivering Easter eggs. This tradition hails originally from Germany, so it is countries with Germanic/British… roots which have this custom. It does not exist traditionally in the rest of the west, although, through children's television, the Easter Bunny is making some inroads into other cultures. Easter bunny believing countries include the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and Australia (although there are moves to try to promote an Easter bilby, as proceeds from sales go to the preservation of this endangered creature). Most European (and western) cultures decorate eggs for Easter, usually by simply dyeing them one color. Ukraine and other Eastern European countries have a long history of more intricate egg decoration in the spring. You can find out more about Ukrainian eggs, called Pysanky, in the "Pysanky Egg Art" section of Wiki Answers, under Hobbies and Collectibles/Arts and Crafts (see link below). The giving of Easter eggs has transcended political borders, though not necessarily religious borders. For example, the countries most likely to celebrate with eggs and bunnies are those where Christianity has made the greatest inroads - but again, it is not limited to these countries. In general, it can be said that cultures and traditions that were once restricted to particular countries are crossing borders with increasing regularity. Countries around the world are seeing a flow-on effect of some festivals and holidays, not only with the spread of western influences, but also with the spread of Christianity. Thus, you will find a prevalence of Easter eggs and Easter bunnies in countries such as Japan, China and many other Asian nations. Countries of the Middle East are not exempt from the traditions, with Easter eggs (along with Easter bunnies and Easter cakes) being found in Israel. Saudi Arabia even markets a "date-filled Easter egg". African Christians celebrate Easter with joy, in particular remembering Christ's death and resurrection, but they also embrace the practice of giving Easter eggs. Easter celebrations are also important to the more remote Pacific nations and, by association, Easter eggs and bunnies have become part of those celebrations.
The Easter bunny probably has its origins in pre-Christian folklore and religion. Springtime was associated with the bringing forth of life and both hares and eggs are f…ertility symbols. Starting in Germany, Christianity integrated these symbols. Luring Lent the old laws of fasting forbade not only the eating of meat but also of any animal product such as eggs. Receiving eggs at Easter was therefore a treat, as they had been sorely missed during the fast. The concept of a bunny hiding eggs is a euphemism for a hare that lays eggs, which is the older tradition. The idea that hares lay eggs is an old piece of European folklore; farmers in the field would startle hares and then come across plovers' nests that looked just the right size for a hare. This custom of the Easter Bunny (literary translated, Easter Hare) was popularized by German Protestant immigrants in the 18th century in America. Though they did not observe Lent, for this was a Catholic practice, they nonetheless wished to keep the Easter traditions and taught that good boys and girls, if they should make inviting nests with their caps and bonnets on Easter eve, would find them replete with eggs on Easter morn, having been laid there by the Easter Bunny.
Because it's a fun way to combine two ancient symbols for Spring and the season of rebirth.
he or she hops into your house and does some magic and... poof Easter eggs everywhere
The Easter Bunny delivers its eggs at 12am in the morning. The Easter Bunny delivers its eggs at 12am in the morning.
There is no 100% right answer, but I think bunnies and eggs just symbolize the beginning of spring and new life.
the eggs symbolise the celebration of new life, hence the lambs, chicks and other other baby animals you see around this time. they're chocolate because that's yummy, and the …Easter bunny is just a nice touch, don't you think? as usual, people have gone and commercialised it all, but you should be used to that by now
They don't. They drop them. They hide them and drop them.
They are both ancient symbols of fertility...