Although Easter started as a pagan celebration of spring, it is now a treasured Christian holiday that is loved by both adults and children. It is celebrated in many countries now, including Great Britain and the USA; but until the second century AD, Saxon tribes did not celebrate. When missionaries came to their lands, instead of trying to convert others with violence, they put emphasis on cultural exchange and merging of traditions. This is how modern Easter came to being. What traditions are followed nowadays? Here are the most popular ones!
The Date of Easter
During the first hundred years, Easter did not have a definite date. People could celebrate it on any day of the week, though weekends were the most popular. In 325 AD, however, Emperor Constantine decided to bring some order to Christianity. There were many great reforms instituted by the Council of Nicaea, including celebrating Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the March equinox.
The Easter Bunny
Just like any other holiday in the USA, Easter became rather commercialized in the 20th century. Nevertheless, it is not necessarily a bad thing. One of the most beloved symbols of Easter – the Easter Bunny – was popularized by advertising companies. It’s true origins may be a bit pagan in nature, but almost no one remembers that now.
The Easter Egg
In all honesty, people exchanged eggs thousands of years before the birth of Christ. It was a metaphor for rebirth and the return of spring. Though modern eggs are likely to be made of chocolate or plastic, historically, real eggs were boiled in dye. Moreover, if you were rich, they might even have been gold or gem encrusted.
There are many Easter traditions that are fun for kids and their parents. Happy celebration!