Middle Eastern cultures, such as the Hebrews, Arabs, Assyrians and Babylonians, had certain spring traditions where they celebrated the first seedlings of their new crops. They brought them in baskets to temples for a blessing, to pray that their gods would continue to bless the crops for rest of the year. A noteworthy link to Easter in these ancient religions is that Easter is celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox. Farmers used the first moon as a sign to tell them when to plant seeds for the season.
The use of Easter baskets developed from the more modern symbolism of Christianity.
During Lent, many Christians sacrifice the consumption of food and other items until Easter. The tradition of feasting on a large Easter meal symbolizes the end of Lenten fasting. In earlier times, this Easter feast was brought in large baskets to church to be blessed by priests. Thereby, the link between a religious holiday and Easter treats was formed.