Page 58 - Sandgate Guide April 2021 Issue
P. 58

APRIL 2021
LStory Jenn Carrington
oosely tied to Christian tradition, our modern Easter is represented by the Easter Bunny rewarding good children
with eggs to remind them of rebirth and resurrection, and bless them with fertility. But how did the hare make its way into our history books?
For German- and English-speaking nations, Easter is derived from Ostara, a pagan goddess of fertility, and for most other languages it stems from the Hebrew holiday known as Passover, or Pesach.
Way back in 1682, the Easter hare was published in a German children’s book, mentioning a rabbit that brought eggs to well behaved children during the season of Eastertide or Ostara.
Traditionally, Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, three days after dying at the hands of the Romans at Calvary. But in today’s world, the religious aspect is not always featured or acknowledged, as the commercial trend of Easter has seen a surge in confectionery, Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny, with the origins of Easter expanding to celebrations, feasting, games, and unique customs.

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