Someday I’ll update this thing. Back to both of my classes this week & work is f’ing busy. Soooo stressed lately.. (minus this weekend which was the ultimate relaxation with Mikey<3)
March 31, 2008 by Danielle
March 24, 2008 by Danielle
Where did the whole "Easter bunny" idea come from???
The answer to that is more complex than you probably think. First of all, we must ask what exactly the term "Easter" means, before we go pointing fingers at the innocent egg-delivering bunny.
The holiday name "Easter" actually comes from the pagan Goddess, Eastre. Eastre represented fertility, dawn & springtime. Her male counterpart was the Sun God. It is said that she favored the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox (first day of Spring), as the full moon stood for her "pregnant" phase as she passed into the fertile season, bearing the Sun’s child. So this Sunday was given her name – Eastre. Not surprisingly, this is also how we decide when to celebrate our Easter; it is always the first Sunday after the first full moon of springtime.
Eastre’s holiday symbols were the hare and the egg, both of which represent fertility and rebirth. This concept of "rebirth" was later carried over into Catholicism by being applied to the Resurrection of Jesus on the third day, Sunday.
Also, as a bonus fact, dying eggs were also pagan tradition for the Eastre holiday far before things like Wal-Mart & Hershey came along.. and so there you have it, your bunnies and eggs and everything else that makes perfect sense in this world.