On the note of soon to pass Good Friday, Good Friday is the time of the year where we remember the death of Jesus, and Easter is where we remember the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Correct me if I am wrong.

However, people seem to associate Easter with egg hunting and bunnies and chocolates. I wouldn't mind a little celebration considering that it is the day Jesus rose from the dead, however I would like to know what in the world eggs and bunnies have to do with it.


It isn't... Or rather, they are associated with the seasonal event but not the Christian event of Easter.. Pagans and general common folk had celebrated spring with signs of new life for a long long time before Christ. Easter then became associated with the spring festivals (in particular, but not limited to, the equinox) in the same way that Christmas became intermingled with pre-existing winter (and in particular, solstice) celebrations. All of the "popular" symbols of Easter are nothing to do with what Christianity calls Easter.

Eggs and bunnies have as much to do with the resurrection as trees and sleighs have to do with the birth.

To a community where much of the population are involved in food production, the seasons (and spring/winter in particular), and the signs there-of, are all-pervasive.

The crucifixion story is a pretty gruesome thing, and frankly doesn't "market" as well as eggs and bunnies.

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    I don't think your opening statement is correct. Easter is associated with things, for better or for worse. (Admittedly I think for worse. ) you are correct that these symbols did not originate as Christian symbols, and I would argue they aren't Christian symbols. But the fact remains, in many people's minds, the Easter Bunny and disgusting marshmallow peeps ar as much a part of Easter, as trees are a part of Christmas. Regardless of the origin, the symbols are linked now. Apr 1 '12 at 23:02
  • I do think this is a good answer to a different question however, if the question is: "Are bunnies and eggs Christian symbols?" Apr 1 '12 at 23:03
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    On your last statement, I'm not sure I agree--I mean, how many people wear a gold bunny on a chain around their neck? :D
    – Chelonian
    Apr 1 '12 at 23:41
  • @Affable then would "by absorbing elements from pre-existing seasonal festivities" answer the question to your satisfaction? They are associated with the seasonal event, for comvenience now celebrated at Easter, but do not directly relate to the Christian event, Easter.
    – Marc Gravell
    Apr 2 '12 at 8:05
  • I really don't mean to be snarky, but its the OP's question, not mine. Truthfully, I've already +1'd, and I agree with your premise. I just think its an overreach to say that these symbols aren't associated with Easter at all. I do think your statement would improve the answer, though. Apr 2 '12 at 11:49

Because all are symbols of new life, such as the New Life we have in Christ and the new life shown in Jesus' resurrection.

(My guess about the chocolate is that it's an indulgence after Lent. )

At the request of a commentator, I will expand the "symbols of new life" ever so briefly.

Eggs, of course, are where new life comes from. As one who has chickens, ive seen this happen.

Flowers tend to bloom in springtime, when dormant vegetation is "coming back to life" after the cold winter. (Back in my day, winters were cold and we had this stuff called snow that you didn't have to buy on a street corner. Then came global warming...).

Finally, bunnies are symbols of, how shall I say this delicately? Um, fertility. 2 bunnies make more bunnies rather rapidly.

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    And probably because the devil considers it a good distraction from the whole point of Easter... Apr 1 '12 at 19:30
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    So, if you're unsure of how a bunny is a symbol of new life, you're in luck. I'm about to have to have that talk with my daughter. See, when a girl bunny likes a boy bunny, .... :) Apr 1 '12 at 19:44
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    And it is pure coincidence that these things, and new life generally, are also symbols of spring?
    – Marc Gravell
    Apr 1 '12 at 21:11
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    Op asked how they became associated, not whether or not they were appropriated. Apr 1 '12 at 21:15
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    If you're looking for a delicate way to put it, you could simply say that bunnies are quite successful at being fruitful and multiplying as per the ancient commandment. :)
    – Mason Wheeler
    Apr 1 '12 at 21:24

The Easter is a pagan feast. It has it's beginning in the cult of Astarte - from this comes the the very similar word "Easter". It has nothing to do with God. It's actually a blasphemy to associate these symbols with Jesus. The symbols are related to the fertility. Eggs and bunnies are hidden symbols for man genitalia and uncontrolled sexuality, where I come from there is also a sausage comming to this, what is a disgusting result. Also the chick brings these associations to mind.

The only saint day is sabath on saturday. It's a sin to celebrate pagan feasts

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    Nonsense. The word "Easter" or a cognate is used only in English and, at most, a few other Germanic languages. Literally everywhere else it's a cognate of "Pascha," taking its name from the Jewish Passover celebration which typically falls around the same time as Easter does and serves much the same ceremonial role.
    – Steely Dan
    Apr 7 '14 at 18:33
  • @Steely Dan Do some research before you call something a nonsense.
    – luke1985
    Apr 8 '14 at 9:32
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    I have. That's how I know you're speaking nonsense.
    – Steely Dan
    Apr 9 '14 at 19:46
  • @SteelyDan You didn't that's how I know you're speaking lies.
    – luke1985
    Apr 10 '14 at 9:11
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    Actually, I'm quite correct about the relative rarity of "Easter" or cognates as a name for the holiday in question. I'm sorry you seem to view willful ignorance as a badge of pride.
    – Steely Dan
    Apr 10 '14 at 15:44

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