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Why are Easter eggs associated with Easter?
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.
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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 ol…der 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.
because it represents new life
Eggs are associated with Easter because meat was forbidden toCatholics during Lent. After the Lenten period was over, there wasa surplus of eggs, and these were used during th…e Easter feast.
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.
No one really knows. i think it is to keep all the kids happy during Easter Masses.
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!).
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.
\nThe Easter Bunny and 3 pretty yellow Canaries!
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 Äastre or Äostre 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 Sun day 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.
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
we have eastereggs because it mean new birth like a chick growing in a egg which is new bagging to chicks like new life. thanks for reading i hope this helps you
you celebrate choclate eggs on easter because jesus last desert was choclate
Perhaps he did. 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 n…ew life, this was its original beginning. It has become secularized, but it still has a Christian foundation.
you get as many as your family can afford
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