Symbols of Easter are appearing
The signs of Easter are appearing in our homes and our churches, our schools and our businesses and on our farms. Those traditional symbols—eggs, bunnies, chicks, lamb—why do we associate them with Easter?
It is common knowledge that Easter is a Christian celebration of Christ’s rising, but this holiday also has pagan origins. Easter falls in the spring, the yearly time of renewal, when the earth renews itself after a long, cold winter.
Easter eggs are special eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter and are common during the season of Eastertide. Most cultures around the world use the egg as a symbol of new life and rebirth. In Christianity, they symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus. Though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life. Similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.
The Easter Bunny arose originally as a symbol of fertility, due to the rapid reproduction habits of the hare and rabbit. The Bible makes no mention of a longeared, short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday; nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of Christianity’s most important holiday. The exact origins of the bunny are unclear, but rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life.
Apart from being a traditional delicacy in the Easter dinner, Easter lamb is also a part of religious symbolism. It is a symbol as people thought of Jesus as the Good Shepherd who would watch over them as they were lambs. Easter lamb also represents Jesus and relates his death to that of the lamb, sacrificed on the first Passover. Christians traditionally refer to Jesus as “the Lamb of God.”