Easter and The Easter Bunny

Easter Eggs in a Basket

For those of you who don’t know about Easter and the cute little bunnies with decorated eggs, Its actually the day when Jesus rose from the dead. Yup, that’s right. He was crucified somewhere in the six years following 26 AD. According to Canonical gospels, He rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.

Easter or Easter Sunday also marks the end of a forty-day fasting and prayer period called Lent, pretty much like the Eid-ul-fitr celebrated by Muslims. Last week of Lent is the Holy Week. The Holy Week contains Good Friday and commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

Easter is followed by a fifty day period called the Eastertide. This period is celebrated as a time of Joy. The Sundays following Easter are chronologically named (First Sunday of Easter, Second Sunday of Easter – All the way up to the Seventh Sunday). The last Sunday is called the Pentecost Sunday (Also called Whitsunday & the Seventh Sunday of Easter), and it commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. Easter is also linked to the Jewish Passover.

Easter Eggs are specially decorated eggs exchanged to celebrate the occasion. Originally used to celebrate spring and rebirth of Earth during the season, the early Christians adopted them as a symbol of the Resurrection of Jesus. The early tradition was to use decorated eggs. Nowadays the eggs are usually edible in nature (chocolate filled, jelly bean filled etc). They are often presented in artificial straw baskets to look like a bird’s nest.

Easter Bunny or Easter Rabbit is a fictional character of a rabbit that brings the Easter Eggs. According to the legend, the creature carries baskets full of colored eggs, toys, candies and other gifts for children. The first mention of the Easter Bunny was made in Georg Franck von Frankenau’s De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs).

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