Why do we celebrate Easter?
Jesus, bunnies, chocolate? Please, help me to have a coherent view!
Well, let’s begin by accepting that there is an Easter confusion because there are several intriguing questions about Easter.
A lot of Easter elements seem to have nothing to do with Easter. What do chocolate, eggs and bunnies have to do with this religious festivity?
Let’s continue by saying that Easter is a holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, the New Testament describes it as occurring three days after his crucifixion by the Romans. It’s the end of the Passion of Jesus, which begins by Lent, a period of forty days of fasting, prayer, and penance.
For most Christians, the week before Easter is the “Holy Week”. It contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday and Good Friday which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.
Resurrection, as a way to save humanity from its own sins, as celebrated by Easter, is a foundation of the Christian faith.
Easter and its related holidays are moveable feasts because they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar. The date for Easter is fixed each year on a lunisolar calendar. In Western Christianity (Gregorian calendar), this makes that Easter is always celebrated on a Sunday between 22 March and 25 April.
Where Easter eggs come from?
It seems that the custom of Easter eggs came from the early Christian community of Mesopotamia. They stained eggs red when holding commemorations of the blood of Christ.
Easter egg and its significance are also related to the empty tomb, but mainly to rebirth, new life, fertility and of course, resurrection.
Modernity and commercial tendencies begin to use eggs made from chocolate, or plastic eggs filled with different candies such as jellybeans to substitute dyed chicken eggs.
Why do Easter bunnies hide the eggs?
First, at the beginning of all this confusion, an egg-laying hare existed, it was chosen because of its fertility and its remarkable capacity to reproduce, to give new life, but later Christians changed the symbol of the hare to the bunny.
Next, tradition says that the Easter bunny leaves Easter eggs on Easter nests on Easter Sunday.
Finally, parents hide eggs in the garden and the children go on an Egg hunt to find them. The most accepted idea about this egg-laying rabbit is that it was taken to America in the 1700’s by German immigrants who already had an egg-laying hare.
The Easter Bunny is an American creation (any doubts?), in fact it is a popular gift-giving character inspired in Santa Claus.
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On Easter Monday, even the President of the US celebrates an annual Easter egg roll on the White House for young children.
In any case, Easter eggs are a very strong symbol of new life, rebirth and fertility. They has become a nice pretext for celebrating life, for celebrations with family and friends. Chocolate and candies make this festivities even more attractive, having children as the special guests.
How to celebrate this Easter confusion?
- Create a tag or special page on Facebook and invite your friends, colleagues and their children for a special Egg hunt in your garden
- Disguise in a creative bunny way and offer Easter presents to children in need
- Keep a big stock of Easter eggs, chocolate and candies
- Hold an Easter egg roll for young children and make it great, even better than the White House’s egg hunt!
- Send special messages or create cards using illustratoons’ unique images
- Order trendy clothing and get your unique look for the celebration at Zoo&co!
What about using unique Easter images when publishing for your blog or website?
Are you planning a special communication or event for Easter?
In illustratoons, you can find unique Easter images that will help avoid Easter confusion. Real funny bunnies to decorate or illustrate your special event, blog, website or printed material.
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