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How did Eggs,Bunnies & Easter get associated with Christ?

Where did it start? And who started it?

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Bunnies & eggs are symbols of fertility, new beginnings, and of the Spring season being a "fresh start." I'm assuming they're connected to Jesus' resurrection because that was also symbolic of a new beginning. =:-)
(I don't have any facts to support this, it's just what makes sense to me!)

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The Catholic Encyclopedia tells us: “A great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring. . . . The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility.”—(1913), Vol. V, p. 227.
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Thanks for YOUR info! :)
I was fairly certain that (BC), rabbits & eggs were a part of a pagan belief system that revolved around nature, the earth... NOT so certain as to how those beliefs & symbols became connected with Christ's resurrection/Easter... but the symbols of "new beginnings" seem to have become joined at some point in time...
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Here is more info on the possible origin. At least it is a start
In the book The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop, we read: “What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, . . . as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. . . . Such is the history of Easter. The popular observances that still attend the period of its celebration amply confirm the testimony of history as to its Babylonian character. The hot cross buns of Good Friday, and the dyed eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday, figured in the Chaldean rites just as they do now.”—(New York, 1943), pp. 103, 107, 108; compare Jeremiah 7:18.
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Peace. thats ALWAYS a likely reason.

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Christ resorected on Easter Day, I dont know about the eggs, the bunnies are peaceful and were probably there when Christ was resorected. again I dont know about the eggs

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bunnies in the desert? no. the bunnies and eggs came from a Celtic holiday called ostara. just like the Yule log came from the Celtic holiday of Yule. the absorption of pagan religions by early Christians yielded many strange celebrations that people don't quite understand anymore..
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The eggs and bunny 'wabbits symbolize new life. Easter was a pagan holiday.

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Thanks for you input. The Catholic Encyclopedia tells us: “A great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring. . . . The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility.”—(1913), Vol. V, p. 227.
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The spring solstice was a pagan celebration for fertility. It was symbolized with the egg, for obvious reasons and the rabbit because of there huge reproduction ability. It had nothing to do with Christ, as the original Christmas (Holly days) didn't either. The only connection was the time period with both events happening in early spring.

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Thanks good info. and correct
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You're welcome. Holly days started on the winter solstice and the Catholics tried to abolish it. Then, since they couldn't, they called it Christmas haha!
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Interesting, got more?
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Not off the top of my head haha! I'll think about it and get back.
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Oh Halloween! Nov 1st is ALL SAINTS DAY, and long ago they believed that evil spirits were their strongest the night before so they dressed in scary costume to scare them away. Halloween is from "hallowed eve or hallowed 'ene (short for evening) and they mixed it with Beggars Night, and you've got Halloween with kids in costumes begging for candy.
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Christmas caroling began during the Holly days (which was a huge drunk festival) when people ran out of booze they would go to homes really roudy, singing and yelling and if they didn't give them booze or food, what ever they wanted, they'd prank them, much like Halloween.
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Hi notbob,
where are you getting this info. It is very interesting an factual it seems. But can you prove it?
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No, can't prove it. I heard some growing up and they're on the Internet as well. Is that proof? I don't believe everything on the net but when I heard it long before the net was heard of I believe it.
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Documentaries on holiday traditions too.
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They're not really connected, just like Santa isn't connected to Christ. Easter has become a merged holiday of various faiths and practices. Eggs and bunnies are fertility symbols, associated with Spring. They were likely a part of a separate celebration that eventually merged into the Christian Easter Sunday.

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That's good to know. Thanks for that info.
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When Jesus emerged from his tomb he came bounding forth on the back of a giant chocolate rabbit. Also in his possession was a never ending basket of multicolored eggs, with which he pelted all nonbelievers mercilessly until his chocolate bunny melted in the hot spring sun. He then jetpacked away into the heavens. However, Jesus accidentally left behind his divine basket of eggs and who of all people should find it hopping down the bunny trail? Peter cottontail.

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Really! And I got a bridge I can sell ya. haha. Someone would believe it.
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Saint Peter, was actually a bunny rabbit. And when you look at the portrait of "The Last Supper", the basket of potatoes is actually a basket of eggs. To find out more about this, look up "The Hare Club for Men", because chicks wouldn't understand

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Nice! :)
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Yeah right, but that's quiet funny though. Lol xD
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Exactly my point, you just wouldn't understand!
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Oh I understand alright, but don't have to prove it to you that I do so HA!
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Oh, Natalie! Liz asked me to say "HHEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"
Well, not verbatim I guess, but you get the point
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Thanks for relaying the message, and yeah quiet frankly I do. Lol
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You do understand?
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Yes.
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Impossible. Chicks just don't understand. That's why it's The Hare Club for MEN
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Oh, so I guess your a member of this club right?
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I can say no more about it, chicks just don't understand...
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We do, but we tend to pretend like we don't...
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Trust me, you wouldn't.........................
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Yeah I do and would END OF STORY!
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Lolol, Hare Club For Men, YOU CAN'T HANDLE TRUTH!!!!!!!
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What truth? You can't handle that fact that I understand so SUCK IT UP!
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Okay now what's going on you two ?
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Parents! PARENTS just don't understand!
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Well, of course they don't because their STUPID! -__-
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Rose I know how to work it just hold on to the Alt key ! I think that's how you work it.
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NOO-W!!! TlS A SECREET!!!
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No, it's not because I attended the last one in disguise of a man and just saying I'm never going back AGAIN! OH THE FRUGIN HORROR!! >:(
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U wat...
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That's what I thought let MIND BLOWN take effect now haha! xD
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You couldn't have, it's impossible for a chikky to infiltrate the top secret meetings!
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Okay I know that this has nothing to do with what you all are talking about but Natalie you should have been on here yesterday Josh and I were talking about all three of us setting off fireworks at a store haha how cool would that be ? lol.
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TAKE COVER! I would yell because I would be setting off some heavy fireworks lighting those babies up left and right. And hope that the store wouldn't blow up with us in it, but if did just pray that we all three would be standing in the middle with black faces, hair raised up, and uh... was going to say clothes burned off some, but no THANKS I'm good HAHA! And Josh now you guys should really take safety measures because I'm sneaky and that's all you need to know THERE!
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KA-BOOSH!
Wouldn't it be cool to shoot a target and fake money flies out?!
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Ha , ha ! We would all probably get arrested and Rose remember that time we were talking about you and me getting arrested for ask.com ? lol.
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WAIT! I has got a better idea when the police pull up I would turn quickly toward Josh and slap him upside the head lightly not hard and say "I told you not to have done that Josh, now look we'll all three in trouble" just to distract them and start to raise my hands up slowly, but instead turn and reach for a huge firework and face it toward the police saying "well do you all feel lucky, do you punks" and let it RIP then run AWAY FAST! Fake money why not real money?
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Oh yes, wasn't it for if we were able to reach our hands in through the computer screens and punch them in the face knocking them onto the floor. It being upon news with us being the two crazies going to jail for that? Lmfao such the funny and random things we talk about at times I swear! :D
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Ha , ha ! Hey I would do anything to get you to smile and to laugh I'm your girl Rose and sorry if I take sometime to reply my yahoo messagner is acting up uhhhh !
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Yeah thanks friend friend.
Dum dum give me gum gum....
Lol, I got that stupid phrase the statue was saying on the movie "Night at the Museum" stuck in my head. I got my little cousin to say it over and over one time. We both were saying it. Lol
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Okay I now just got your message sorry about that ! and anytime big sister !
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Me no dum dum, you giv me gum gum
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Give me gum gum you no gum gum.
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I guess it's my turn ? lol.
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U dum dum
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Yes, Angel dum dum it your turn turn. And Josh you dum dum not me.
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Ha , ha okay um give me your gum gum , I'm new to this guys sorry lol.
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Have you guys ever done anything random to people in public?
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No but Maria has when we would go to the pool she would go under water and scream in people's faces hahaha.
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Do you realize who your talking to here?
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Story time !!!!!!!!!!
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That's funny that little goof haha. And no fill me in on who exactly Josh? Lol
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When I'm in public, everything I say is random
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Hey Rose were you able to get my message I finally got it I feel bad about the delay .
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Also one time this guy was jogging and he had headphones in and she jogged right behind him it was so funny lol what about you Rose got any stories to tell ?
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Okay I'm seriously thinking about creating my own YouTube account and making funny videos up and putting up for people to watch like here's one I would do in public.

I walk into a store and travel toward the meat department and pick up a sack of sliced turkey and go berserk screaming "OH MY GOD NO WHAT DID THEY DO TO YOU, SPEAK TO ME GOBBLERS PLEASE" and then threaten to sue them for murdering and selling my supposing dead, but now sliced up turkey. If I don't get arrested though so what do you guys think?
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Hahahahahahahahahahahaa Okay I couldn't help but laugh when I read that ! lol I would put on the repeat button I think you should it would be really cool !
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I like to stand in the beer isle at the store every once in a while, and wait for someone to go by, and play hey mister lol, it still hasn't worked for me yet...
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I danced one time at a basketball game walking down a hallway and my mom paid for our way in to watch the game and I was swinging my head and got dizzy and this boy two years younger than me broke my fall. His mom gave me a straight go to hell look and I was laughing and apologizing at the same time trying to keep a straight face, but couldn't.
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Wait no he was like four years younger than me. The two year old one was the random one who asked me out at a softball game. =/
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Oh my !
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Lol
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and the converstation dies.
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We can always start other ones on other answers
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Ha , ha or we could try to break a record of how many comments we could do and Rose you can help us !
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Yeahhhh... other answer because I'm too lazy to have to scroll all the way down here. Lol :P
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Ha , ha fair enough and I know what you mean lol.
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I'm extremely tired, I'm gonna have to agree with Natters...
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Ha , ha man just that one finger such a work out lol !
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I'm off to answer questions and not see the wizard neither LMFAO!
Go to sleep then if your tired...
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Lol, you underestimate how tired I am!
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Ha , ha !
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It's from being on chemotherapy for a year, I don't have a great time sleeping
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Okay I love it how we say we're gonna stop commenting and then we keep commenting lol.
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Oh... I'm sorry to hear about that Josh and about misunderstanding also. Well, is everything alright with you now?
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Yeah, just worn out all the time pretty much
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That's why I have to exercise all the time lol, and I drink a "healthy" smoothie everyday, it helps make it go away
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Well, that's good and also that your still here too! :D
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Hey just hang in there Josh I think I can relate when it comes to health !
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(Thumbs up)
I've got an MRI checkup coming up next week
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If you two can look at this web link it shows what Barbie would look like without make-up and she has got braces too. LOL xD

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/meet-the-new-natural-barbie-173422198.html
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Well, has got to go for today bye chillings' =)
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I can't view it, links are always funny for me on the app
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Okay, talk to ya later
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Bye Natalie love you big sister !
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I think it signifies in honor of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection, but still I have no idea why bunnies and eggs are celebrated on Easter day. And I don't recall on the Bible explaining those features in it's verses of why exactly people dress up in outfits of a bunny carrying a basket full of brightly colorful eggs while hopping around....

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Like with Christmas the secular and Christian holidays have very little to do with each other. Its just that some Christians choose to celebrate both ways because its fun. No church i know of includes bunnies in their service and our church quit hosting egg hunts a long while back. I think we still do it for the preschool and kindergarten sunday school but thats it. No public egg hunts. Most churches leave the secular celebration completely out of Easter services because they dont have any connection to Christ.

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The Catholic Encyclopedia tells us: “A great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring. . . . The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility.”—(1913), Vol. V, p. 227.
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It was stolen from pre Christian religions, like most of their holidays, to help convert nonchristians. The logic was, well maybe if we include some of their traditions, it will be easier for them to convert.

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It actually celebrates sex and fertility and eggs and the bunny became associated with Easter because somehow their the symbols of sex

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Basically that is correct:
The Catholic Encyclopedia tells us: “A great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring. . . . The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility.”—(1913), Vol. V, p. 227.
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The celebration of Easter is not based on the Bible. If you look into its history, though, you will see the true meaning of Easter—it is a tradition based on ancient fertility rites.

Name: the Anglo-Saxon priest Venerable Bede in the 8th century derived it from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess Eostre.” Others link it to Astarte, the Phoenician fertility goddess.

Rabbits: These are symbols of fertility.
Eggs: Some cultures believed that the decorated Easter egg “could magically bring happiness, prosperity, health, and protection.”

New Easter outfit: “It was considered discourteous and therefore bad luck to greet the Scandinavian goddess of Spring, or Eastre, in anything but fresh garb.

Sunrise services: These have been linked to rites of ancient sun worshippers “performed at the vernal equinox welcoming the sun and its great power to bring new life to all growing things.”

The Bible warns against worshipping God by following traditions or customs that displease him. (Mark 7:6-8) Second Corinthians 6:17 states: “‘Separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing.’”

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I am not goin to ask you where you got this info, cause I already know. It was the best one yet. I just hope others read it. Thank you for your input. Rom 12:10
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