The History of Easter

The History of Easter

Ayla Faullin

Easter is a holiday that sometimes feels a little lost in the shuffle. It comes up every year in May, and we take off a couple of days, eat some chocolate bunnies, hide some colorful eggs, and go back about our year. But when did Easter become associated with bunnies and marshmallow peeps? Where did Easter originate from? There are actually a variety of beliefs on the origin of Easter.

One of the most common celebration reasons for Easter is related to Christianity. Many Christians celebrate Easter as a remembrance of Jesus Christ rising again. Spring is a time of new life, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is important and precious. According to the Bible, Jesus was sentenced to crucifixion by Pontius Pilate for claiming to be the Son of God. Three days after his crucifixion, he left an empty tomb, rising again to bring salvation. For Christians, Easter is a very important holiday. 

Some people believe, however, that Easter originates from a different source. They believe that Easter is named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess Estore, the goddess of spring and fertility. Others claim that Easter originated from the Latin phrase in albis, which is plural for the dawn. 

Where do Easter eggs and the Easter bunny come from? Well, Easter is often revolved around spring and new life. Eggs supposedly symbolize fertility in some pagan religions, and bunnies are known for being extremely procreative. Both of these things are great at showing the meaning of spring. 

Regardless of why you celebrate Easter, it is a lot of fun to spend time with family, eat a nice meal, and enjoy dyeing eggs and snacking on chocolate. As we enjoy this four-day weekend, let’s also enjoy the spring season, and all that it symbolizes.