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Where did Easter Eggs,Bunnies, And Bells Come From ?

Updated on July 19, 2016

Easter Eggs

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Sugar Eggs

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Where did the custom of coloring eggs come from?

No one knows for sure where the coloring of Easter eggs comes from. We do know that the ancient Egyptians dyed colored eggs for their friends. As did the ancient Chinese, Greeks and Persians.

Not all Easter eggs are real eggs. Easter eggs can be and are made from a variety of materials. Some of these include wood, paper , glass, plastic, paper mache and other materials.

A long time favorite of children as well as adults , would be the sugar egg. It is a large egg that is made up of sugar. It is a hallowed out egg, made of sugar and has an opening to peer through. . Inside the egg is a scene or an object that can be seen when looking inside through the peephole.


Who brings colored eggs?

Colored eggs at Easter ? Who brings them?

It all depends on where you live.

The Easter bunny, or rabbit, brings eggs to children at Easter if you live in the United States and Canada.

If you are a child living in England and Germany you would say the hare brings colored eggs at Easter. The hare looks like a rabbit but it is larger, has longer ears and legs. The legend about colored Easter eggs and the hare began in Germany.

The children of Italy, Belgium and France would say, Easter eggs are brought by the church bells.

Church bells there, do not ring from Good Friday until Easter Sunday, And so , because of this, people say that the bells have flown off to Rome. When the bells fly back for Easter, it is told that, they drop colored eggs for boys and girls to find.

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The games people play

Children and adults alike play games on Easter. They roll eggs down a hill to see how many eggs can make it and not crack. A famous Easter Egg Roll is held on the White House lawn in Washington, D.C. This Easter egg roll, is played on flat ground and the participant uses a spoon to push the egg to the finish line.

Some people have Easter Egg contests...children hunt the Easter Eggs and the one finding the most eggs is awarded a prize.

Plastic eggs are filled with candy, coins or perhaps a small toy. At my Easter gathering the random plastic eggs may have a slip of paper with a number written on it . The person finding a number turns in the slip of paper an given a prize that matches the number. Usually there is a list of prizes that can be found. These prizes are to big to fit into a little ole plastic Easter egg. The prizes can be fun or just silly...anything from a Starbuck's gift card to a pair of socks..Yes, even the adults hunt for these eggs...You get what you get and don't have a fit..its all in fun! And it really is a lot of fun....

Easter Food

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What are we eating?

Well Easter eggs of course!

If you live in Russia, you may eat an Easter bread that is full of white raisins and taste like cake. In some countries, in Eastern Europe, you may eat an Easter cake that is shaped like a skirt. A babka, it means "little old woman." In Italy Easter, cakes are shaped like a rabbit, asymbol of birth and new life.

In many countries, including the United States, people bake Easter cookies and cakes that are shaped like a lamb. As a lamb is a symbol of Jesus.

Another favorite food is the Hot cross buns. The buns have a cross over the top made of icing. The cross being another important symbol of Easter.

And of course we can't forget the jelly beans, peeps and chocolate eggs


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What are we wearing?

To some people it is important to have new clothes for Easter Sunday. Little girls are dressed up with a pretty new dress, patent leather shoes, gloves and maybe a bonnet or a pretty hat. Boys wear a nice outfit and maybe a tie.

Often times after church people walk around or stroll down the streets with their new outfits and hats. They are part of what is called an "Easter Parade."

A parade on Easter in St. Augustine, Florida is called "Parade of the Horses and Carriages." You will see men in armor on horseback, people in costume in carriages being pulled by horses. The horses are wearing fancy Easter bonnets. The parade is a part of a week long Easter Festival.

Easter festivals date back to ancient times. At that time, it was in celebration of the coming of spring.

Some people say that Easter may have gotten its name from the goddess of spring Eostre.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you Insightful Tiger for the votes and happy you enjoyed the article

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Very informative and it was timely for me. I was just talking to a friend about this tradition and it was nice to find the information I was looking for in this hub. Voted and up and shared, thank you!

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      tirelesstravler..how fun ..I would live to have my own chickens..thank you for the votes

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Last year the while everyone was hurrying to prepare for the big party the 6 year old collected the eggs from the chickens. Then she turned around and hid them for the other kids to find. One of the little boys wouldn't believe us that the egg was raw until we cracked it open. Love Easter. Voted up and interesting

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much for sharing your special memory and the angels....Easter holds many special memories for me as well..

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Easter has always been a very special time for our family. One Easter Sunday is especially memorable. It was the one the year before my Mother died. My sister and I went to the Easter service down by the lake at our little club house near where we lived. It was a glorious spring day, perfect to rejoice and celebrate.

      The fun side of Easter is special too. We have so much fun having Easter egg hunts and watching the kids eyes light up when they find those beautiful eggs.

      thanks for sharing.

      Sending Angels to you this evening and have a lovely weekend :) ps

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Yes..gotta love those chocolate eggs

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is an interesting holiday, isn't it? Other than the religious side of it, which we followed when I was younger, this has never been a big day for me. I do love the chocolate eggs. :)

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      @Gail Meyers..AMEN

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      It is interesting to read about Easter customs from other countries. Of course, to the Christian faith Easter is about Christ.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Thank You grandmapearl..wonderful memories and we never outgrow Easter...

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      faythef, I loved this. Learning about the history, and the customs of other countries was fun. Thanks for sharing this cool info. I really liked all the colorful photos as well. Makes me want to run out and get some Easter candy!

      When we were kids, my Mom made up Easter baskets for us every year. I remember the colorful 'grass' and the yummy candy, especially the jelly beans. She also made lots of real eggs, dyed them and added our names and then hid them outside for us to 'hunt'. Those kind of traditions stick with you. Thanks for bringing back those wonderful 'kid memories'! Voted Up +

      Pearl

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Thank You Lastheart

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Very organized and very informative. Thanks for sharing!