Good Morning & Happy Easter,
As I prepare to go to my grandmother’s house for Easter Dinner, I thought I’d write a quick Easter post.
As most know, Easter is a time of rebirth and resurrection. It has two form of celebrations – from a Christian standpoint it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ 3 days from being crucified on the cross; then from a pagan standpoint of honoring Eastre the goddess of spring and fertility.
Why the Easter Egg?
In Pagan times the egg represented the rebirth of the earth. The long, hard winter was over; the earth burst forth and was reborn just as the egg miraculously burst forth with life. The egg, therefore, was believed to have special powers. With the advent of Chrisianity the symbolism of the egg changed to represent, not nature’s rebirth, but the rebirth of man. Christians embraced the egg symbol and likened it to the tomb from which Christ rose.
Why the Easter Bunny?
The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit. The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. German settlers believed a white hare would leave brightly colored eggs for all good children on Easter morning.
Why the Easter Lily?
The lily was a reminder to the Christians of how Jesus came back to life. The white Easter Lily is used in many Easter services. It is supposed to be a symbol of the purity of the Virgin Mary.
Now many know the First day of Spring was on Thursday, March 20 but starting this week we will show cards related to the Spring season and finish our Women & Faith series of facts with the focus on Famous Women in the history of the world.
On the behalf of ZeVin Creations, I want to wish you a wonderful Easter Sunday!