All about Easter…

Chocolate, coloured eggs, cute little bunnies. These fun activities are just some of the things that usually come to mind when we think of Easter, but there’s more! These things aren’t really the reason we celebrate Easter every year.

Why do we celebrate Easter?

Christians celebrate Easter for entirely different reasons than most people do. The New Testament states that the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God and is cited as proof that God will judge the world in righteousness.

Why do they call it Easter?

The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility.

Why is it important for Christians to celebrate Easter?

Easter Sunday is the culmination of Holy Week. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus. It is the most important Christian festival, and the one celebrated with joy.

Why do we get Easter eggs?

The custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life. Christians remember that Jesus, after dying on the cross, rose from the dead. This miracle showed that life could win over death. For Christians the egg is a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection, as when they are cracked open they stand for the empty tomb.

What does the rabbit have to do with Easter?

The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.

What happened on the days of Easter?

Easter Sunday, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is a Christian festival, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which happened on the third day after his crucifixion by the Romans. The week previous to this is known as the Holy Week, and it contains Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

So when you find yourself indulging in Easter Eggs, surrounded by Easter Bunnies, now you know where it all came from.