Happy Easter everyone, I hope you have a wonderful day.
I thought I would ask my old friend google a few questions and this is the responses that I got…
Many Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which is written in the New Testament of the Christian bible. According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty. An angel told her that Jesus had risen.
What is the story behind Easter? The naming of the celebration as Easter seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring. The only reference to this goddess comes from the writings of the Venerable Bede, a British monk who lived in the late seventh and early eighth century.
Why we celebrate Easter with eggs? The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection.
Why do we have baskets at Easter? The symbolism of baskets, Eostre would carry a basket filled with eggs to encourage fertility. Since seedlings and eggs are associated with new life, the baskets came to symbolize new life as well. Later on, as more people embraced Christianity, they would hold on to their old customs.
Not forgetting the Easter bunny.
The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th Century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.
Image and text from google.