What do you know about Easter symbols?
We are used to a number of very traditional Easter symbols, but do you know where they come from?
First of all, in most European languages, the word “Easter” comes from the Hebrew Pesach. European languages associate the word Pesach to the Jewish feast of Passover, which was a sort of preparation for the Easter events as mentioned on the Christian Gospels.
The English word Easter comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Eastre, a pagan goddess whose festivals (called “Eastron”) were in the spring season. This festival was a celebration of a new life, a new start.
All over the world one of the most important Easter’s symbol is a little bunny. Nowadays it is extremely easy to find a chocolate bunny in a supermarket or in a small shop, and it is nice to give one of those to someone you love as a present.
Have you ever thought where this tradition comes from?
The bunny has become an Easter’s tradition because it reminds a hare, which has been associated with Jesus Christ since the first years of Christianity.
Obviously Easter means Easter Egg: chocolate eggs of various dimensions with a small gift inside them. Apparently this tradition is not related with Christianity, however since a long time ago eggs are symbols of life and regeneration.
Persians first used eggs as a lucky charm: they used to give an egg each others when spring started. Even Romans used to bury a red egg in order to get a better crop.
Therefore eggs were for Romans a symbol of fecundity. Today eggs are still used during Easter as a symbol of life and regeneration in connection with spring when flowers bloom again.
It is worth to mention “Colomba” as well, a typical Italian Easter cake in a dove shape: the dove reminds The Flood, when a dove went to Noe with an olive branch in its beak.
Since then the Dove became a worldwide recognized symbol of peace.
In Italy you can hear the sounds of a bell during Easter time as a symbol of devotion to Jesus Christ. In addition to this, forty days before Easter, a period known as Lent, all Christians don’t eat meat during specific days of the week, usually on Friday, once again as a symbol of devotion to Jesus Christ.
What is the most important Easter tradition in your country?
Is there something similar to what we have in Italy?
Looking forward to hearing your story and, of course, have a HAPPY Easter!
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