What is it that comes to your mind when you think of Easter? Easter eggs and bunnies, isn’t it? It’s definitely one of the more popular symbols that have held their own in the modern times. But how many of us actually know what these symbols stand for? I was amazed how a few of my friends had no clue or had very little idea about the origins of these symbols. So I thought of sharing these facts with you.
Easter eggs and bunnies were part of folklore before the festival itself! Eggs always represented fertility and regeneration in the pre-Christian times. Rabbits were worshipped because they were associated with the pagan goddess of fertility. When these people adopted Christianity, these already popular symbols were incorporated into Christianity.
Since Easter is also about regeneration, these symbols fit in smugly. Easter egg hunts and bunnies have always been a favorite with children. I have wonderful memories of painting Easter eggs. I was never a good painter, you know. All I did was smear color on my hands. It was my sister Liz who did the real work. But I was never short of enthusiasm, though a little misdirected! You must be having wonderful memories about Easter too. Why don’t you share them with us?