Easter Day: The history of Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies

History of Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies

Easter Day, perhaps the most important of the Christian holidays celebrates the Christ’s resurrection from the dead following his death on Good Friday.

In ancient times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth and were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, it would be colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers. German settlers believed a white hare would leave brightly colored eggs for all good children on Easter morning. By the 19th century in America, the Easter Hare had become the Easter Bunny delighting children with baskets of eggs, chocolates, candy chicks, jelly beans and other gifts on Easter morning.

Originally Easter Eggs were painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring and were used in Easter-eggrolling contests or given as gifts. Children hunt colored eggs today, and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs — those made of plastic or chocolate candy. Different cultures have unique ways to decorate Easter eggs such as the Crimson eggs to honor the blood of Chirst are exchanged in Greece and Green eggs used on Holy Thursday in parts of Germany and Austria

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