The History Behind Easter

The History Behind Easter

Easter is filled with kids running around, collecting eggs, taking pictures, and making lasting, indelible moments with family. This beautiful day is celebrated with people all around you. Easter is celebrated in all kinds of ways, ranging from egg painting to egg hunts. Easter is celebrated for many different reasons either relating to religious or non-religious reasons. This holiday has such an impactful meaning to people of all cultures. What really is Easter? Why does it exist? Why is it so important? Let’s find out!

History of Easter 

Where does the word Easter even come from? Easter originally came from a pagan goddess named Eostre, the goddess of Spring who was worshiped by Early Christians. The history behind the name of the goddess, Eostre, comes from a pagan spring festival. Easter originates from albis, a Latin phrase meaning “dawn.” This year Easter falls on the 17th of April, however dates of Easter always range each year. Some calendars have Easter fall on different days of the month, like the Gregorian calendar Easter fall in between March 22 and April 22.  

Why is it Celebrated?

There’s a few reasons as to why it’s celebrated. Mainly it’s connected to Christians considering that it’s due to their beliefs. Easter is a huge holiday for Christians. They celebrate it because it’s a way to show gratitude for what Jesus did for them, the sacrifice he did for people as well as the resurrection that occurred to him. In a way it can be a memorial for Jesus. Easter is a way of representing the journey of God’s plan for humans. It’s known that in the four gospels, believers of Jesus’ death are welcomed to the “Kingdom of Heaven.” Most Christians believe he was resurrected just days after his execution, a Friday before Easter that is now known as Good Friday. 

Why are Eggs Used for Easter?

Easter eggs actually have a significant meaning behind them, hence connecting to Easter. Eggs represent an ancient symbol of new life and rebirth. Easter eggs have been associated with pagan traditions such as the festivals they do for spring. Someone who’s Christian possibly sees Easter eggs as a way to represent Jesus’ resurrection. 

Traditions for Easter

Easter has now been around for a long time, along the way Easter traditions have been developed. Easter eggs being used for all kinds of activities! What activities? Egg rolling, egg hunts, and egg decorating. Egg decorating is actually a huge tradition during the Lenten season. People would color, paint, decorate their eggs to mark the end of their fasting. On Easter, they would eat eggs as a celebration. 

The History Of The Easter Bunny 

In some households parents and kids believe in a worldwide known character as the Easter bunny. He gives out chocolate and candy to kids. The origin of the Easter bunny is unknown though but some people believe that German immigrants came and told stories about the bunny.

Conclusion

Easter is a truly beautiful holiday to celebrate with people all around you. Making your own traditions with your family and having special reasons as to why you celebrate it. Easter is celebrated by absolutely everyone in their own ways. Easter coming from a spring goddess, having such an interesting story behind it. Easter eggs surprisingly also have their own meaning to people all around the world who celebrate Easter! It’s really fascinating to see that Easter really goes more in depth than it just being a “boring” holiday. Even the Easter bunny has its own meaning! Well, do you celebrate it? Do you have any special traditions you have with family?