According to the Old testament, Easter (or Pascha) is the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead.
However, you won’t find any mentions of the holiday’s iconic symbols such as the Easter bunny and Eggs, in the Bible.
So what is the origin of these traditions and symbols?
It’s believed that the word Easter derives from Eostre (or Eastre), the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring.
Her earthly symbol was the rabbit (a symbol of fertility and new life on his own).
However, the Easter bunny didn’t arrive to America until the 1700s, when German immigrants brought their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase”. Children made special nets for the hare to lay its colored eggs in, and then they would try and find the eggs.
Eventually the custom spread across the U.S., the nests were replaced by decorated baskets, and chocolates, candies and small gifts were added to the Easter custom of hunting after the colored eggs.
Happy Easter everyone, and may your egg hunt be successful.
Liron and the Ginger Team.