Springing into traditions of Easter
Where did festivities originate for this holiday?
Being as Easter is a religious holiday, so how did a large furry creature, known as the Easter Bunny, originate?
“Where did we get the idea of Easter Bunny if the Easter Bunny really has
nothing to do with the holiday itself, ” said Andrew Malozzi, Liberty High School junior.
Easter is the oldest festival of the Christian Church, and the holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, including the month of lent which begins March 21 to April 25.
The real reasoning on how the Easter Bunny came about is somewhere lost in history, but people believe that the Easter Bunny came from a Pagan tradition.
Paganism is not a set tradition because it does not have any specific or set doctrine. It is the joining of the varieties of traditions with the common characteristics. Pagans worship different types of Gods that explains why everyone celebrates Easter differently.
The reason the Easter Bunny bringing around Easter eggs, and doing Easter egg hunts, is because the eggs represent the meaning of new life, or life reborn. Another fun tradition is decorating Easter eggs different colors such as yellow, which symbolizes freshness and happiness, red, which can symbolize danger, desire, or strength and power, blue or light blue, which can mean faith, truth, and heaven, and green, which could symbolize life, growth, and harmony. There are so many other colors to Easter, but those are some of the most popular ones that people see often. Decorating the Easter eggs is the tradition of Pysanka.
Easter itself is revolved around Jesus Christ and the Christian religion. People believe that Jesus’s death was symbolic for him dying for his sins, so on Easter we celebrate that. The resurrection of Jesus prove to his believers that he was the Son of God.
No one can actually say where it came from or how the traditions of Easter started, but one thing is for certain, Easter is always promising lots of candy!
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