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Easter bunny and its history

March 28, 2014
James F Byrnes Freshman Academy

You probably wonder what the Easter bunny and eggs have to do with Easter, but Easter is a holiday with many legends behind its traditions, including the very name “Easter.” 


The eggs are representing the tomb with its hard shell.  When cracked, it imitates the resurrection of Christ and his emergence from the tomb.  Even the tradition of rolling eggs represents rolling away the stone covering the tomb.


The history of dying of eggs goes back to the story of Mary and the tomb.   Supposedly when Mary approached the tomb, she was carrying a basket of eggs to share with the women.  As she discovered the missing body of the Christ, she saw the Lord, and, according to legend, the eggs turned blood red, representing the sacrifice of the Lord.


According to an article in the Deseret News, the Easter Bunny was a Norse goddess in the New Year during the spring season. One year she was late in her duties and to make up for her mistake, she saved a little bird in the cold.


The bird could no longer fly because it damaged its wings.  The Norse goddess Eastre changed it into a hare (similar to a rabbit), which had the ability to lay eggs, but only on the day the goddess Eastre was celebrated.


Of course, the very name itself is from this same Norse myth.


Even though the Easter bunny stems from an old tradition, the rabbit itself still fits well within the symbolism of the season.  Just as the atonement brings new life, so does spring.


New life springs forth after the winter; and rabbits are a prime example of birth, since they have the ability to produce many offspring.


Like most holidays, much of the meaning behind the celebration is lost to commercializing; however, even with the colorful eggs and bunnies  the important message behind Easter and what took place two centuries ago can still be remembered.


Austin Dobbins, a junior at Byrnes High School, said, “For Easter,  my mom, my brother, my sister, and I usually dye Easter eggs and have candy. We also get together with my mom’s side of the family, have a big meal. We also do an Easter egg hunt for the little kids.”


Maribeth Gambrell, a freshman at Byrnes, said,” Last year I went to Tyger River Park.  They were having an Easter celebration, and they had a bunch of different things to do and contest. We also had a huge family dinner.”


Jayda Kelly, another freshman at Byrnes, said, “I get with my family, and we go to the park or somewhere and celebrate.”

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