Origins of Easter
By Rebecca Waddle
The origins of Easter is associated with Sunday, and like many holidays it has many different religions that follow similar origins. If you are Christian, Easter observes Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. However, the Germanic-pagan Easter origin is called Ēostre, which is named after the goddess of spring to celebrate the Spring Equinox. Ēostre is the beginning of the hare or bunny imagery, which symbolizes fertility, abundance, and spring. Although, there are some sources that claim that the origins of the Easter bunny can be found in German settlers in Pennsylvania, where they used an egg-laying hare as a symbol of the holiday. In the German tradition, children made nests so the egg-laying hare would lay decorated eggs that were sometimes filled with treasures and treats.
Additionally, Easter is culturally observed by both Christians and non-Christians. These observations include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, Easter gifts/ baskets and Easter parades. There are also a variety of foods associated with the celebration of Easter: Deviled Eggs, Pastiera Napoletana, Paska, Cheesecake, Lamb, Carrot Cake, and commercial candies (i.e. Peeps).