Easter Time

Sheenah Archive, Snapshot Thursday 4 Comments

For my fellow A-Z Challengees who don’t know: Thursdays are known as Snapshot Thursdays. I generally post a picture that I’ve taken, include a sentence or two about it and go about my day. But because of the challenge I’ve decided to post a picture that correlates to today’s blog topic.

Easter Bunny

I can't find the original file so I had to dig this up on my Tumblr. Ugh.

Every time you see the Cadbury Bunny commercials, you know it’s time for Easter. You think Easter and you’re supposed to think about Jesus. But when I think Easter, I think bunnies and cute little chicks and ducklings. And every time I think about the holiday, I can’t help but wonder: how is a rabbit and an egg related to Jesus? So let’s talk about that, shall we?

We're celebrating this woman. Really.

As the Christians decided to take Saturnalia and turn it into a holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, so too did Christians take another Pagan holiday and spin it to coincide with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter derives its name from Eostre, an obscure goddess of the dawn, fertility, and possibly spring. Rabbits were sacred to her because they’re capable of multiplying at an alarming rate and eggs have always been a symbol of fertility.

As Christianity started to spread priests decided to overlap some of the existing practices and incorporate it into their practices to make the transition better and the rabbit and eggs stuck. No one really knows when people started coloring eggs, but thanks to Germans and their incredible imaginations, the Easter Bunny began appearing in stories around the 1800’s.

And that’s your fun fact of the day. Go ahead and impress someone with it.

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  1. I think it’s fascinating to learn what’s really behind the holidays we celebrate. Eostre certainly explains the bunnies and eggs. The early Christians lucked out that the pagans had a re-birthing holiday. Though, come to think of it, I guess most cultures have those.

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      Yeah… I think a lot of cultures have a day to celebrate rebirth and renewal. But I love learning the origins to holidays. It’s always interesting.

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  2. The beauty of being relational creatures is that we find a way to relate to each other, from one belief system to another, from one culture to another, from one person to another. We were created with the need to find ways to come together but too often those areas that “overlap” are what end up driving us apart. Easter, Christmas, Halloween, these are all prime examples of our innate desire to join forces at war with our narcissistic tendencies to stake claims. Nice post.

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