Origin of Easter


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Kalli Galvan, Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered where Easter originally came from? Or what’s the connection of Easter and bunnies? As you may know, it has been religiously celebrated for centuries. Easter was originally celebrated by Pagans, Pre-Christianity. Pagans believed in a goddess of fertility who was an egg-laying rabbit. Paganism valued eggs because they represented new life. The name “Easter” also came from a pagan goddess Eostre who was celebrated at the start or spring. Later on, believers of Christianity used rabbits and eggs in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Easter bunny was then brought to America by German immigrants in the 1700s, and the popular tradition of egg hunting. Women would search for eggs, hidden by men, on Easter to resemble the women who discovered the empty tomb after Jesus’ resurrection. Now many companies spread the celebration of Easter through many ways such as candies to fill eggs and Easter themed gifts that are given on the holiday.