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Where did the Easter egg hunt originate?
- Everywhere they hunt the many-colored Easter eggs, brought by the Easter rabbit. This is not mere child's play, but the vestige of a fertility rite, the eggs and the rabbit both symbolizing fertility.
- The book The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop, had this to say: 'What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. Such is the history of Easter. The popular observances that still attend the period of its celebration amply confirm the testimony of history as to its Babylonian character.' The hot cross buns of Good Friday, and the dyed eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday, figured in the Chaldean rites just as they do now
- Here, the "dyed eggs" are mentioned as part of the Chaldean(Babylonian) rites. The Catholic Encyclopedia comments: A great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of Spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring. The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility.
- Reference works that speak of the subject agree that the egg was a symbol of life and fertility among Pagans. The book Celebrations says: Eggs were said to be dyed and eaten at the Spring festivals in ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome. The Persians of that time gave eggs as gifts at the vernal equinox.
- From these references, it is clear that the colored eggs originated in the ancient springtime fertility rites. The hunt, however, could also have originated there or came into play later, just as the annual Easter egg roll that occurs on the White House lawn. Again, maybe some others here will help with more info.
- A professor told us the true origin was an offshoot of the crusades through Ireland by French knights. The crusaders would bribe children with food or money, to tell them the names of all the farmers who practiced the pagan tradition of burying a blue egg in their fields with their wishes written on it, for the spring season, that supposedly brought fertility to their crops. The soldiers would then go to the farms of those found with eggs buried and execute the owners for practicing pagan rituals.
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They started because a king lost his egg on Easter day and he had to hunt for it. ____________________________ Yeah, that's right... the KING lost hi…s egg and HE had to hunt for it.... hum. Egg hunting was introduced by the pagan's who turned Christian.
well someone hides the eggs... and then you get a basket and collect them, there usually plastic filled with candy.
we hunt Easter eggs for fun and so we can remember Jesus
look in the easy places first most people will put them in easy places because they think your to smart to look there
get a bunch of eggs and paint them, or get plastic ones that open and put like candy or money in 'em, and hide them around the yard or whatever, then have whoever is playing g…o find them
There is no meaningful message or metaphor for doing an Easter egg hunt on Easter. It is simply a Western idea that rakes in the money for supermarkets, and provides some fun …for the children.
For Catholics, Jesus died in Easter so the egg symbol represents new life, just as Jesus rose 3 days later!
A load of nonsense rooted in pagan celebration.
Easter eggs are not religious. They are a myth used to excite children like Santa at Christmas. Hope this helps!
In many cultures, the egg symbolizes new life, fertility, and rebirth. This certainly fits in the spirit and meaning of Easter.
It is not exactly certain how Easter egg hunting originated. In Northern Europe the egg was symbol of fertility and the rabbit was an animal that represented rebirth. The Godd…ess of Ostara, according to folklore, turned a bird into a rabbit (The reason is not known. It could have been done to amuse some children.) and gave it the ability to lay eggs so that it could still feel like it was a bird. That is why there is the Easter Bunny. But soon the rabbit angered the goddess and she said the rabbit had to give away the eggs. Maybe that is why people hide eggs and hold egg hunts. They want to keep the folklore alive. Or, the Christians created the game of an egg hunt during the "Burning Times" because they wanted 'shun' the "Old Religion" by hiding eggs from kids instead of giving eggs to the adults.
Easter egg hunts take place on Easter which land on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. In 2013, it will be on March 31st.