Easter Holiday: What Does It Really Mean?

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Katrina Christensen celebrated the Easter holiday with her own monogrammed Easter eggs. Photo by: Katrina Christensen

Katrina Christensen celebrated the Easter holiday with her own monogrammed Easter eggs. Photo by: Katrina Christensen

Easter is much more than Cadbury eggs, Easter egg hunts, dyeing eggs, and the Easter Bunny. Many religions believe it represents the day Christ was resurrected from the dead. They celebrate his life. They believe it is a chance to remember the sacrifice Christ made for all mankind.

Along with being a symbol of Christ, Easter has many other symbols. The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are the most common symbols. Bunnies breed quickly, therefore, the bunny signifies new life. Easter eggs are also a symbol of new life but also a representation of spring. It is said that eggs were forbidden during Lent, so people would decorate them in celebration of the end of the fasting period.

According to Time magazine, “The Easter Bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase.” The children would make a nest for this bunny to lay its colored eggs in. It was later that the Easter bunny came in the night to deliver chocolate and goodies. This tradition soon became adopted around the world, with the addition of gifts, chocolate, and egg hunts.

One beloved tradition around the world is the dyeing of Easter eggs. According to realsimple.com, the dyeing of eggs is related to Mary Magdalene, the first person to see Christ after the resurrection. She was holding a plain white egg while she told the emperor Christ had risen. In response he said, “Jesus rising from the dead is as likely as that egg turning red.” The egg turned red as he was speaking. Thus the tradition of dyeing eggs was born.

This Easter holiday is derived from many cultures, and has mainly evolved through religious beliefs such as Christianity. Participating in different traditions such as dyeing eggs and enjoying Easter egg hunts will keep the Easter spirit alive.

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