5 Facts About Easter You Should Know
by Emily Goh. |
Easter is one of the most important celebrations for Christians, Catholics specifically. Some may even say its religious significance is even bigger than Christmas.
However, not many of us Malaysians really truly understand what goes beyond this celebration.
So here are some fun facts about Easter:
1. The name “Easter” comes from a goddess.
Have you ever wondered why is Easter called Easter? There is no solid proof of how the name came to be, but it is said that it came from a late-seventh-century historian from Anglo-Saxon England called Bede, who said the name is originated from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, who was associated with spring and fertility.
Because of how influential he is, the name got stuck to represent the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.
2. Easter is a celebration of new life.
Christians celebrate Easter in remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus, 3 days after he died on the cross. This miracle signifies a rebirth and a new life, bringing a fresh new beginning to the faith of Christians.
Hence, this celebration is often linked to Easter eggs, either in the form of actual chicken eggs painted and drawn on, or chocolate eggs, which are usually wrapped in bright coloured foil paper to represent this celebration.
3. Easter is the mark to end the season of Lent.
You might not know this, but many Christians have a season of fasting or giving up something they really enjoy, similar to Ramadan.
This season is called Lent, and it is 40 days before the celebration of Easter, starting with Ash Wednesday. This 40 days is in preparation of Easter, remembering Jesus’ sacrifices as he went into the dessert in prayer for 40 days before he was crucified. Hence, many Christians fast in the form of abstaining from all kinds of meat for this period of time.
This is why with Easter, many celebrations include a huge feast with meaty dishes, to break the fast in this joyous occasion.
4. The Easter Bunny does NOT originate from the bible.
If you refer to the reference of Easter according to the bible, there is no linkage of this celebration with bunnies of any kind.
The reason why we use Easter bunnies to represent this holiday is said to have come from two origins. One of it is that bunnies have very high fertility and reproduction rate, allowing it to represent births and new lives.
According to some other sources, the Easter bunny originate from German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws”. This started the tradition of children waiting for the Easter bunny to deliver chocolate eggs for obedient children (similar to the story of Santa Claus).
5. Chocolate bunnies are hollow for a reason.
If you have ever gotten a huge Easter chocolate bunny, you might find it betraying when you find that it is hollow inside.
However, this is not because the chocolate manufacturers want to save cost. But rather, this is for children’s safety. If the chocolate is made up of full, solid chocolate, it is going to be brick hard and may hurt children’s teeth.
So the next time you break into a huge chocolate bunny, be thankful that they made it hollow.
Whether you are a Christian or not, Easter is a good reason to celebrate life and all its wonders. If you would like to hop (like the Easter bunny) into this festivity, do check out Marks and Spencers’ super adorable Easter collection. Whether is for a gift to bring to someone’s home or for your own little ones, a little Easter cheer with chocolates and goodies will not hurt anyone. Oh, and the adorable packaging will add a nice touch to your home.
Happy Easter in Advance!
This post is in collaboration with Marks & Spencer.
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