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Symbols of Easter

 

 

Every year, millions of people celebrate Easter with decorations, colored eggs and perhaps a visit to their local Church.  But many of the traditional symbols we display during the holiday have a deeper meaning.

 

We have included a short history for several favorites of the season:

The Cross...

symbolizes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and HIS victory over death.  Considered by many Christians to be the holiest of holidays, people celebrate Easter all over the world.  In many countries, a favorite tradition comes in the form of special cakes called hot cross buns.  Each sweet treat is decorated with a cross made with icing.  In Greece and Portugal, a round, flat loaf of bread is baked and trimmed with dyed Easter eggs.

 

Eggs...

represent the new life that comes around Easter time.  The tradition of coloring and exchanging eggs started in ancient Egypt and Persia as a celebration of Spring, but early Christians were the first to color eggs for Easter.  In England, friends included messages and dates on the eggs to be traded.  By the 1800's, elaborate chocolate eggs became popular gifts.

 

The Lamb...

is seen in many paintings and used in Easter celebrations as a representation of Christ's sacrifice on the cross.  Originally, Christians interpreted the Jewish tradition of sacrificing a lamb during Passover ceremony in the Temple of Jerusalem to be a forecast of Jesus as "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world ".  Today, lamb is a traditional Easter meal while decorated cookies and cakes in the shape of a lamb fill many homes at Easter.

 

Lights...

candles and bonfires are part of the Easter celebration in many parts of the world.  Some Roman Catholics extinguish all lights in their church on Good Friday and start a new fire on Easter eve to light the Easter Candle.  This flame, not unlike the Olympic flame, is then used to light all candles in the church and many homes.  In parts of Northern and Central Europe, bonfires are built on hilltops where villagers gather to sing Easter Hymns.

 

Rabbits...

of course, are responsible for delivering colored eggs and candy for Easter morning.  But some grown ups think rabbits are just a part of a legend that originated in Germany.  The story tells of a poor woman who colored and hid eggs in a nest to surprise her children.  Just as the eggs were being discovered, a rabbit ran from everyone's sight.  Since that time, the rabbit has been the hero of Easter to children worldwide.

 

 

 
 

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