So how did infamous Easter bunny and the decorated eggs become associated with today?
After doing some research, this is what I discovered:
In ancient times, eggs were often the symbol of new life, renewal, and spring. The eggs were said to represent Jesus rising from dead. The hard outer shell of the egg represented the tomb that held Jesus’ body for three days. During Catholic Lent, eggs and some other foods were not allowed to be consumed. On Easter, as a celebration of the end of Lent, eggs were often dyed in bright colors. In other parts of the world, jewel embellished eggs were given as gifts among high society, coining the name Easter Eggs.
There are many different stories about how the Easter bunny might have come into existence.
The most common states that the bunny originated in Germany, around the 16th century. Originally known as “Oschter Haws”, a magical hare visited well-behaved children while they slept and gave them presents, usually colored eggs. The children would leave carrots for the creature to snack on and create a nest for it rest. Almost like Santa, only the hare watches his weight and doesn’t need any help. He gets stuff done without elves or reindeer. When German immigrants began moving to the United States in the 18th century, they brought the tradition with them. It soon exploded with popularity among Americans.
Fun Fact: In other parts of Germany and Switzerland, children wait for the Easter fox or Easter swan.
Easter is a very underrated holiday. For me, it is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his eternal love for all of us, despite our sins.
He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”Luke 24:6-7