why do we hide eggs on easter day

The Bible makes no mention of a long-eared, short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on
Sunday; nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of ChristianityБs most important holiday. The exact origins of this mythical mammal are unclear, but rabbits, known to be prolific procreators, are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called БOsterhaseБ or БOschter Haws. Б Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U. S. and the fabled rabbitБs Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests.

Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping. Did You Know? The largest Easter egg ever made was over 25 feet high and weighed over 8,000 pounds. It was built out of choclate and marshmallow and supported by an internal steel frame. Every year, as Easter approaches, people across the globe hardboil eggs and dye them brilliant colors. Where did this tradition come from? There's no one answer to that questionБin fact, there are many accounts as to how dying eggs became a part of the tradition surrounding the Christian holiday of Easter.

Here are five of them. б 1. A Spring Celebration Eggs were with pagan festivals and celebrations of spring. Eggs were symbolic of rebirth and new life, making them an appropriate part of the celebration of spring and the new life that comes after winter. It was common for eggs to be decorated in conjunction with these spring festivals, andб common to see these colored eggs given as gifts to friends and family. The symbolism of rebirth fit well with the spring holiday of Easter, as it is the celebration of JesusБ resurrection. The practice of decorating eggs and giving them as gifts was and included in their Easter celebrations. 2.

A Mesopotamian Tradition Donahoe's Magazine, a monthly Catholic-oriented general interest magazine that ran from 1878 to 1908, early Christians in Mesopotamia dyed eggs red to mimic the blood that Christ shed during his crucifixion. The church purportedly took up this tradition and it has continued ever since. б 3. A Royal Tradition King Edward I of England may also have contributed to the tradition of decorating eggs to celebrate Easter. In the 13th century, Edward I. They were presented as Easter gifts to the rest of the royal household. 4. Mary Magdalene and the Red Egg In several legends, Mary Magdalene is a key player in the creation of the egg-dying tradition.

One version involves Mary MagdaleneБs trip to JesusБ tomb three days after his crucifixion. She carried a basket of cooked eggs to share with the other women who would be mourning at the tomb. When she arrived to find the stone rolled away from the entrance and the tomb empty, the eggs in her basket. Another legend tells of Mary Magdalene going to speak to the Roman Emperor Tiberius after Jesus rose from the dead. She greeted the emperor by saying БChrist is risen. Б Tiberius replied, БChrist has no more risen than that egg is red,Б gesturing to an egg that was, depending on the version of the legend, on his table or held by Mary herself.

As soon as the emperor said thisБyou guessed itБ. 5. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Red Egg Some Eastern European legends credit not Mary Magdalene, but Jesus' mother Mary, as the source of the egg-dying tradition. Mary was present at her sonБs crucifixion on Good Friday and, according to these legends, she. In one version, blood from JesusБ wounds drops on the eggs, coloring them red. Another version of the legend tells of Mary weeping, begging the soldiers at the cross to be less cruel to her son. She gives these soldiers eggs and, as her tears fall on them, they are spotted with brilliant color. This post originally appeared in 2013.