Easter -Tradition and History

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Easter Eggs

Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Easter egg hunts and egg rolling are two popular egg-related traditions. In the U.S., the White House Easter Egg Roll, a race in which children push decorated, hard-boiled eggs across the White House lawn, is an annual event held the Monday after Easter. The first official White House egg roll occurred in 1878.

Easter Bunny

According to some sources, 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” or “Oschter Haws.”

Easter Candy

Easter is the second best-selling candy holiday in America, after Halloween. Among the most popular sweet treats associated with this day are chocolate eggs, which date back to early 19th century Europe. Eggs have long been associated with Easter as a symbol of new life and Jesus’ resurrection.

History Channel    – For more Easter traditions and Symbols


So do you have a favorite Easter Tradition?  Favorite Easter Candy?  Mine’s Cadbury Eggs

A family Traditin. – Check my Post on a Louisiana tradition of poking eggs.  Lisa

2 thoughts on “Easter -Tradition and History

  1. Barbara H. April 10, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    My favorite Easter candy is Reese’s peanut butter eggs. One tradition we’ve started the last few years is “resurrection rolls” with Easter morning breakfast – we take a marshmallow, dip it in melted butter and then cinnamon and sugar, and wrap it in a crescent roll and bake it. When the rolls are done, the marshmallow has been absorbed into the roll and it’s hollow. We didn’t do Easter eggs for a long time because of the pagan connections, but I finally decided that eggs and bunnies and such are are symbolic of spring which is symbolic of the resurrection. My kids don’t like hard-cooked eggs, but we’ve used the little plastic ones with candy or cash in them. Thanks for visiting my blog recently!


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