One of the greatest days in Christian Calendar is the EASTER SUNDAY(bit you like it, unless you are Catholic). Easter Sunday is the celebration of resurrection (new life) of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, it comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, alms giving, and fasting. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week.
Now, to begin with, where did easter eggs and bunny come from?
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The origins of Easter Sunday have come from different traditions or customs and it may came from on pre-Christian religion and Christianity.
The word EASTER is comes from Eastre - the goddess of Spring in the ANGLO-SAXON mythology. It is a festival wherein it honors her every year.
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Ēostre or Ostara (Old English: Ēastre, Northumbrian dialect Ēostre; Old High German: *Ôstara) is a Germanic divinity who, by way of the Germanic month bearing her name (Northumbrian: Ēosturmōnaþ; West Saxon: Ēastermōnaþ; Old High German: Ôstarmânoth), is the namesake of the festival of Easter. ~ Wikipedia
Where did Easter Bunny come from?
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In my younger days, I remembered that there was a time that I participated in a Easter Bunny poster design contest but sadly I didn't win in that contest. Well, those days I never asked question where and why did rabbits and eggs appear in those celebrations.
Easter Bunny actually a rabbit spirit. In the old era, Easter Bunny was called Easter Hare . In that time, hares and rabbits have a multiple births and became the symbol of Fertility. Thus, the tradition in the egg hunting in the Easter Sunday began. According to Christians, these eggs were considered to be the SEED of LIFE and it symbolized the RESURRECTION of JESUS CHRIST.
Relatively, in the ancient times, these eggs were dyed and colored to make it more beautiful decorations. Some part of Europe at the medieval time, they decorated the eggs as a gifts.
Now, if you are wondering where bunny and eggs come from, Rabbit is a symbol of fertility and eggs symbolize seed of life and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Easter came from the word, Eastre the goddess of Anglo-Saxon.
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