Once again, Easter is upon us and practicing Christians around the world will see it as a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The name Easter comes from a figure in the Pagan religion named Eastre (or Eostre), which has been recognized and celebrated by the Saxons of Northern Europe as a goddess of spring. Therefore, these people held a festival during the spring equinox every year to worship. Earthly symbol of the goddess Eastre’s was rabbit, which is recognized by the people as a symbol of fertility and represents a “rebirth” of the Earth with the changing season. Not so incidentally, this is where the legend of the Easter Bunny also got its start. Eggs are also often used to symbolize and honor the new season of the land fertility, hence the Easter egg.
The legend of the Easter Bunny bring baskets with colored Easter eggs, candy and (sometimes) toys seem to have been brought to America by German immigrants in 1800. In as more than 200 years, the Easter Bunny has become the most commercially recognized American symbol of Easter.
Whether or not Christian parents allow their children to participate in activities that focus on or include the Easter Bunny is an issue that parents and religious leaders have to contend with. Basically, there is no nothing “bad” about the Easter Bunny today, although he and Easter has its roots in pagan traditions. Like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny is just a symbol.
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