The day of waiting for a bunny and hunting for colored eggs is just around the corner. Easter is Christianity's most important holiday because it is really celebrated for Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
Unlike most holidays, Easter does not fall on a set date every year, making it known as a moveable feast. The reason for the different dates is because the earliest believers of the church wanted to keep the observance of Easter correlated with the Jewish Passover, so they followed a lunar calendar instead of the standard Gregorian calendar.
In addition to the religious side of it, there is a commercial side to Easter. With the mound of jelly beans, marshmallow bunnies, eggs, candy, and baskets that appear in the stores, these have become the standards of this spring holiday. Although you won’t find some of these traditions in the Bible, they have been around for centuries.
The most prominent symbol of Easter is the bunny himself. It is said that the bunny was introduced to Americans by German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s who told them stories of a egg-laying hare. It is said that then the children would make nests for the bunny to leave them colored eggs. This tradition eventually traveled across the United States, which it then expanded from colored eggs to chocolate and other candies and gifts placed in colored baskets. Easter eggs have also been linked to Pagan traditions and have been associated to Pagan festivals in the spring.
Decorating eggs dates all the back to the 13th century. Along with decorating these eggs, other traditions are rolling easter eggs and hunting for them. Rolling easter eggs is an annual tradition held on the Monday after Easter. The first ever egg-roll at the White House was held in 1878 while Rutherford B. Hayes was in office.
After Halloween, Easter is the second most candy selling holiday. The sweet treats of chocolate eggs and egged shaped jelly beans date back to the 19th century. Over 16 billion jelly beans are made each year for Easter!
So this Easter, exercise your beliefs, enjoy some candy, decorate a few eggs, and spend some quality time with the ones you love.