The real meaning of Easter has nothing to do with candy, eggs, easter egg hunts etc... so who started all this commercialism?
lol... good question. I work at a grocery store and the baby chicks and chocolate bunnies are kind of gross to me.
I know totaly gross..the marshmallow chicks that is . the solid chocolate bunnies are tasty though.
I also love ham and scalloped potatoes that we usually had for Easter sunday dinner. Why? I don't know it was just a family tradition.
Careful what you ask for. Here is accurate information, but it is probably more than you want to know:
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Those who don't know what a bunny has to do with rolling a rock away from a cave have obviously never seen Monty Python and The Holy Grail.
Melissa: You are right I have never watched Monty Python and The Holy Grail....I thought that was a comedy?not anything factual about Easter? Anyway sometime I'll check it out. Thanks!
The first tales of an Easter bunny date back to the late 1600s and those beliefs seems to have migrated to the USA in the later 1800s.
Dying eggs dates back to ancient Eastern European Christian traditions whereby eggs were dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ.
relache:Thanks for the interesting info. never heard of the dyed red eggs story Wow. I wonder who in the 1600's started the idea of the Easter Bunny? and how it took to stay till this day?
The first documentation of the legend was in 1580 and the first published account was in 1680. The legend of Ostara and the bird she turned into a colored egg laying rabbit dates to far before that, however. Bede, in his 8th century work noted the feasts held in Ostara's (Eostra) honor among the Germanic pagans.
Um, it goes back a little further. This time of year was once devoted to worshiping Ishtar, a goddess of fertility whose symbols include eggs and bunnies. That is why many of the links between what we do at Easter and Christianity seem a tad... tenuous.
Had to check out this thread when I saw Mark Ewbie had posted. Where do we get chocolate fish?
Easter often coincides with the beginning of Spring, new life and new opportunties for growth. So baby animals and new blooming flowers are all signs that the cold, bare, winter is over, and time for new life to Spring about again. Good Friday and Easter symbolize the death and rebirth of Christ for Christians, though a minister friend of mine says since the belief is that Christ died for everyone's sins, every day is like Easter. It depends on whether your family celebrates Easter as a religious holiday or not.
From the chocolate fish tank of course. To be honest Marcy - I cleaned it up for the forums.
Mark:Thanks for your strange take on Easter???Thanks for keeping it clean too.
BTW - a town near Austin has a cool Easter Fires celebration, where all the adults dress like pioneers, Indians, or Easter Bunnies (like, 300 Easter Bunnies). I wrote a hub last year, lamenting that the pageant had been discontinued, and this year, it's back - and the hub is getting views. Yay!
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