Written By: Maureen C. Gharrity Posted: April 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm
Fun Facts About Easter
by Maureen C. Gharrity
April 6, 2012
Easter is a time of celebration and family traditions. The special Easter brunch, with the pretty and/or handsome new clothes that welcome in the season, Easter egg hunts and Easter baskets left out for the Easter Bunny all help us celebrate the day. Easter is also a religious holiday and one that sometimes gets rather diluted by the material trappings that go with it.
Have you ever wondered why we hunt for eggs on Easter? And what the significance of jelly beans is and why we fill those plastic eggs with them?
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Why do we hunt for eggs at Easter?
The many different customs observed during Easter Sunday origins lie in both pre-Christian religions and Christianity. In one way or another all the customs are a “salute to spring” marking re-birth.
About the origin of the Easter egg in Christianity, it is said that Mary Magdalene went to the court of the Roman Emperor with a red egg after Christ had risen from his grave. She gave him the red egg, the red color of which stood for the blood shed by the Christ for the redemption of the world. Mary Magdalene told him that Christ has risen, and preached Christianity to him. Thus, the egg came to represent the resurrection of the Christ.
The Easter Bunny is a rabbit-spirit. Long ago, he was called the “Easter Hare”, hares and rabbits have frequent multiple births so they became a symbol of fertility. The custom of an Easter egg hunt began because children believed that hares laid eggs in the grass. The Romans believed that “All life comes from an egg.” Christians consider eggs to be “the seed of life” and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What is the significance of jelly beans?
Jelly beans resemble eggs and the different colors all represent a part of the resurrection of Christ.
So I leave you with this poem:
Jelly Bean Prayer author unknown
Red is for the blood He gave
Green is for the grass He made
Yellow is for the sun so bright
Orange is for the edge of night
Black is for the sins we made
White is for the grace He gave
Purple is for His hour of sorrow
Pink is for our new tomorrow
A bag full of jelly beans
Colorful and sweet
Is a prayer, is a promise
Is a friend’s small treat.
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