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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 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.
Eggs are associated with Easter because meat was forbidden to Catholics during Lent. After the Lenten period was over, there was a surplus of eggs, and these were used dur…ing the Easter feast.
because they represent new life.
No one really knows. i think it is to keep all the kids happy during Easter Masses.
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 3 pretty yellow Canaries!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Yes, it is. Easter eggs are a very common symbol of Easter.
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.
When the rabbit stole an egg last April 1, 1884.