What is the connection between Easter and the Egg?By
I’m not a Christian, but I am very interested in knowing the connection between celebrating Easter and the Eastr Egg, what doe the Egg stand for?and why is it used as symbol for Easter celebration?
the rabbit was a favored symbol of a goddess of fertility, Ester, that was worshipped before christianity. pagan holidays are sometimes kept, to make newcomers to the religion (back in the day) comfortable – easter is a holiday that actually celebrates that spring is here and crops can grow again
as well, the rabbit reproduces quickly, and seemed an endless source of life – they just keep on coming.
also, the egg represents fertility and birth.
many times in the past i have told the following story to people that i know, when they ask me, "jim, why are there rabbits and eggs at easter?"
i explained to them how important a food source the egg is. i mean really, a chicken can lay so many eggs without having a male there, and they’re not going to end up …being anything. so many can be made in such a short time..
well, when god took away jesus, and let the romans take his life to show the world how much christ would give, people got scared. what if god took away their favorite food source?
well! people started running through the streets yelling "Hide the f-cking eggs! Hide the f-cking eggs!" and since they didn’t know where to hide the eggs from the christian god, they figured that since rabbits don’t lay eggs, the eggs could be hidden under the rabbits
well! the rabbits didn’t really know what to do with the eggs. i mean, they can’t really sit on them properly or anything. and they don’t have refridgeration to keep the eggs from spoiling. so the rabbits would play mean tricks on helpless children by leaving eggs in hidden places in the house.
this leads to the origin of the easter egg hunt, where people were frantic to find the eggs before they spoiled, so that their yards and houses didn’t stink up the neighborhood