The Magic of Easter

Easter has sprung upon us, and the time has come where we celebrate new life, new beginnings and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we celebrate the sacrifice that was made for us and the life we have been granted through that sacrifice. Along with the religious side of the holiday we indulge ourselves in the festivities with Easter eggs galore, Easter egg hunts, copious amounts of chocolates and if you're lucky a vacation what with school holidays and long weekends.

Have you ever wondered about the origins of Easter, The Easter Bunny, how Easter is celebrated around the world and the symbolism of Easter eggs.

The Origin of Easter
Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his Crucifixion, which took place on what Christians refer to as ‘Good Friday’. Easter is usually celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the Vernal or Spring Equinox on March 21st. This can be any Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. It is the most sacred of all the Christian holidays or celebrations.

Why Easter eggs?
Brightly decorated eggs, egg cracking, Easter egg hunts and Easter egg rolling have all become customs associated with the Easter holiday.
Why eggs you ask?
Eggs represent new life and new beginnings, and more specific to Christianity the egg is a representation of the resurrection of Jesus, the hard shell representing the sealed tomb Jesus’ was laid to rest in and the cracking representing His resurrection from the dead.
 
How Easter Is Celebrated
Easter is largely celebrated as a feast especially due to the 40 days of fasting that pre-empt the Easter celebration, it is a very indulgent celebration with an abundance of delicious foods and treats and family gatherings. For those with kids in their house hold Easter usually means that the kids will wake up bright and early to hit up their back gardens for an Easter Egg hunt. 
 
Why The Easter Bunny? 
The most common understanding is that because bunnies give birth to a litter with many kittens (baby bunnies) they in some way represent new life, and the mythical Easter bunnies goes around leaving eggs as a sign of new life too which is linked to Jesus Resurrection. However, there are also links to the 17th century where German immigrants in America brought with them their tradition of an egg-laying hare called "Osterhase". Their Children made nest in which this folkloric creature would lay coloured eggs.