I think I can say that Easter is my kind of holiday since it doesn’t cause the stress of Christmas with loneliness and anxiety. It reminds me of new lives, and I guess it’s because a lot of animals give birth around this time. If you have never held a lamb or bunny, you don’t know what you are missing. It was hand down my favourite thing as a kid, and I miss that peace as an adult.
I thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts about Easter, so here it goes:
- The iconic Easter bunny started in Germany.
The Easter bunny has no link to Christianity, unlike to what I thought. It began hundreds of years in the pre-Christian German era, where it was the symbol of the Pagan Goddess of Spring and Fertility.
- From where did Easter get its name?
The Anglo-Saxon Goddess, Eostre, is the one this feast got its name from. It was said that Eostre was seen as the Fertility Goddess and a Goddess of Dawn and Light. The connection between the Pagan and the Christian is here: the rebirth since we believe that Jesus has risen from the dead.
- Where did the tradition of egg painting from?
I find this quite ironic because it comes from Ukraine; the traditional act of pysanka (“pih-Sahn-Kah”) is made by using wax and dyes. Still, this colourful custom didn’t take off until Ukrainian immigrants came to the U.S. I used the word ironic because the whole world is praying for peace between Russia and Ukraine right now.
If you have any fun facts or memories that you would like to share, feel free to do so in the comments!
Happy Easter to all,
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