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I thought I would share an article I read regarding tomorrows Easter Holiday. Enjoy!

Eggs on Easter: What’s the Hatch?
By CZARINA NICOLE O. ONG
April 11, 2009, 6:08pm

For as long as everybody can remember, Easter is celebrated with the fuzzy Easter bunny and the colourfully decorated eggs. After days of abstinence and soulful recollection, the appearance of these bunnies and eggs certainly bring much-needed happiness, especially to children.
But why the eggs? Why the Easter bunny, and not the Easter chicken? Since when do bunnies collect eggs, let alone hatch eggs? Much like most traditions, the origin of Easter eggs remains much of a mystery.

Which came first, the bunny or the egg?
Most historians would insist that the egg is a symbol of rebirth. Even before Christ’s resurrection, ancient groups such as the Persians, Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians have been using eggs during spring celebrations so as to promote bounty. Therefore, with eggs symbolizing “rebirth”, it is but a fitting tribute to Christ’s resurrection. But where does the Easter bunny fit into all these? Most rabbit owners would attest to the fact that rabbits are a highly fertile bunch. Because of their multiple offspring, rabbits, much like eggs, have since then become a symbol of rebirth.

Goddess Mysteries
While the symbolism of rabbits and eggs seem to be grounded, some believe that its association with Easter could be attributed to a spring goddess named Eostre. Eostre the goddess marks her feast during the Vernal Equinox (around March 21). This goddess is associated with rabbits and eggs, and she is worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons. The word Easter is actually coined from Eostre’s name. It was said that Pope Gregory the Great ordered pagan practices to be absolved by Christian ones, and it is the feast of Eostre which has been absolved by the resurrection of Christ.

Painting it Red
However, the association of eggs during Easter has more biblical contexts. One legend even has it that Mary Magdalene brought cooked eggs to the tomb of Christ, and when she saw that the body of Christ has risen, the eggs turned blood red in color. Another story even claimed that Mary Magdalene bravely confronted the Emperor of Rome, saying that Christ has risen from the dead. The sceptical emperor pointed out to an egg and said, “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red!” After which, that particular egg turned red.

The egg is much like a tomb as well. The protective shell is the tomb, and when it is broken, there is new life inside, therefore solidifying its association with Christ’s resurrection. Coloring or decorating the eggs has no significant meaning, save that it commemorates the beauty of spring. But the English give eggs as gifts, and the prettier or more lavishly decorated the eggs are, then the more valuable the gift is. The Russians are the same. Czar Alexander even commissioned someone to create the famed Faberge egg to give as a gift to his wife, Maria Fyodoro during Easter.

But whether or not the eggs are beautiful or expensive is not really the case to dwell on, because what’s really important is that Christ once died for our sins, and that He rose from the dead. And sure, eggs do symbolize it well, but one should keep in mind that it is because of Christ’s resurrection that we have hope for eternal salvation. And this, in truth, is exactly what Easter, and all the fuss about eggs, is all about.

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