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How did bunnies and sweets become entwined with the religious holiday?

Posted by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM
BJ
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 From the History Channels e-mail

We know Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. But how exactly did floppy-eared furry creatures, sweets, egg coloring and hunting become entwined with the religious observance?

The practice of
coloring eggs—ancient symbols of rebirth associated with spring—can be traced as far back as the 13th century in Christendom, possibly as a celebratory ritual marking the conclusion of Lent. It is believed that bunnies, famous procreators, became part of the Easter tradition in the early 1700s, when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania and brought the tradition of a mythical hare called "Oschter Haws" that laid colored eggs in nests prepared by children.

In the mid-19th century, U.S. cities began holding
Easter parades following Sunday church services and around the same time chocolate eggs were introduced in Europe. By the 1930s candy makers were adding jelly beans to the menu of sweets followed by marshmallow Peeps in the 1950s.

http://www.history.com/videos/history-of-the-holidays-easter-video#history-of-the-holidays-easter-video

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mem82
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Neat! I love Easter Chocolate!

swim-mom72
by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM
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Actually, "Easter" is not a Christian holiday. Christians celebrate Lent, Passover, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Ressurection Sunday. The word Easter has pagan roots, as do the symbols of the egg and the hare.

This article has some more info  http://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/history-of-easter-faq.htm

melissaoliver79
by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

honestly like Christmas I think Easter has many meanings. The candy and stuff is all mass commercialism. The stores and such takes the holidays and run with it for more profit. We celebrate Easter with baskets and eggs but I make sure to tell them that candy, bunnies, eggs are not in the bible. I also tell them on Christmas it is a birthday celebration but not on what the Tv feeds them with what christmas means. My oldest does know that easter it a pegan holiday but I also told him about the reserection. With christmas we lean about all background on the hoilday. We as a family looked up where stuff like the christmas tree , mistole, candy cane etc came from last christmas and it was fun.

usmom3
by BJ on Apr. 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM
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 Thanks for the info! You should totally tell the History Channel that they are wrong!

Quoting swim-mom72:

Actually, "Easter" is not a Christian holiday. Christians celebrate Lent, Passover, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Ressurection Sunday. The word Easter has pagan roots, as do the symbols of the egg and the hare.

This article has some more info  http://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/history-of-easter-faq.htm

 

ixamxmine
by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 12:03 AM
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Most Christian holidays are held at times when Pagan celebrations were once held! 

Kaylon
by on Apr. 8, 2012 at 8:42 AM
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I must add.  Easter is pagan and our fellow early Christian did not celebrate Easter.  They celebrated Passover (one day).  Not the same passover that is celebrated by Christians nowadays.  

Passover the early Christians celebrated came 14 days (abib) of the new year. For example, 2012 really begin on March 20th this year. So passover was on April 2 and 3rd.   We (my family) celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ every Sunday.   Anyways, thought I would just share a tid bit of history with you.  :)  

SilentDraconia
by on Apr. 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM
The Easter bunny came from the goddess Estore ( sp?) turning a chicken in to a rabbit furring the spring festival to entertain the children. The rabbit laid eggs
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