How did eggs come to be associated with Easter?
There’s a couple interesting theories. One gives the eggs a Christian origin, and the other suspects it could’ve been adopted from Pagan rituals.
First, the Christian origin theory. These days, vegetarianism during Lent (the 40-day period before Easter) is only mandated on Fridays. However, Lenten restrictions used to expand to all animal products, including eggs, every day of the week. Since hens didn’t just take the season off, some historians say their Christian owners would hard boil their eggs and distribute them after Lent.
The Pagan origin theory pins Easter eggs to a festival celebrating the goddess Eastre along with the arrival of spring. People ate eggs (and maybe even buried them to encourage fertility) at the festival. Eventually, Christian leaders, hoping to encourage conversion, placed their holy days near Pagan festivals on the calendar, and eggs eventually hopped religious traditions.
Whichever is true, eggs are forever linked to today’s Easter. They’re now decorated, hidden, and forever linked to a giant bunny. Finally, something that makes sense.