What do eggs and bunny got to do with Easter
Easter Day is celebrated by most Singaporeans, Christian or not. And they associate Easter with eggs and bunny. I asked many Christian, WHY, but I never did get an answer so I decide to find out why (just to satisfy my curiosity).
WHAT IS EASTER ABOUT?
Easter is a Christian festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible says Christ died on the cross on Good Friday and came back to life three days later.
Easter is on different dates each year, between 21 March and 25 April, depending on when there is a full moon in spring.
There are some unusual modern traditions associated with it.
(Source from Wikipedia)
WHY DO WE HAVE EASTER EGG?
Originally, back in the old days, eating eggs was not allowed by the church during the week leading up to Easter (known as Holy Week). So any egg laid that week were saved and decorated to make them ‘Holy Week eggs’, then given to children as gifts.
Victorians adapted the tradition with satin covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts.
(Source from BBC.co.uk)
There is also another saying…
Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth. In Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolise the empty tomb of Jesus, though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.
WHY ARE EASTER EGGS MADE OF CHOCOLATE?
The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th century but were bitter and hard. As chocolate-making techniques improved, hollow eggs like the ones we have today were developed. They very quickly became popular and remain popular today.
WHERE DID EASTER BUNNY COME FROM?
There is no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets overflowing with scrumptious Easter goodies. And real rabbits certainly don’t lay eggs.
The story of the Easter Bunny stem from pagan roots. The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s, when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country, according to the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.
The tradition of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs in soon followed. Eventually, nests became decorated baskets and colorful eggs were swapped for candy, treats and other small gifts.
WHY ARE THESE TRADITIONS SO INGRAINED IN EASTER SUNDAY?
And what do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?
Well, to be frank, nothing.
And does it matter?
No! This legend is beautiful and more importantly, FUN! What is there not to like about these colour easter eggs and chocolates (I hear chocolate is good for you).
EASTER ACTIVITIES IN TOWN
Easter might not be a holiday with the biggest fanfare here in Singapore, but there’s still plenty of options for fun days out to celebrate the special weekend. One that interest me (or my kids) the most, is the ENCHANTED MUSHROOM WORKSHOP 2016 held at Shangri La.
You can create your very own edible masterpiece at the Enchanted Mushroom Workshop conducted by Area Executive Pastry Chef Hervé Potus. Parents and children will learn how to create their own enchanted chocolate mushrooms filled with sweet treats, edible frosting, and decorations! High-tea buffet provided too!
As a memento of your time in Wonderland, the kids can take home their completed masterpiece with a mini chef’s toque and apron.
19, 20, 26, and 27 March 2016 (Saturdays and Sundays)
3pm to 5pm
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
SGD 88 nett per child (age 3 to 12 of age), accompanied by up to two adults
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Sonia will be there and we hope to see you there too!