Today we are going to talk about the origin of Easter Bunny and Easter eggs.
Light a fire on Saturday, go to church on Sunday, and paint colorful Easter eggs in the garden — for centuries, people have celebrated Christianity's highest holiday, Easter, in a similar fashion. In addition, there are many poems and stories about the Easter bunny. Although it is a Protestant invention, it is not actually related to religious tradition. So what's the history of Easter eggs and bunnies?
Surveys show that one in five Germans do not know the meaning of Easter. This is not surprising, since the little bunny that symbolizes Easter today has nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus. Blame it on Protestantism. Doling, a Bonn folklore researcher, said: "Children in Catholic families know that there are so many eggs at Easter because of the seven weeks of fasting that precedes it. But Protestantism does not mandate fasting, so how do you explain it to Protestant children? Why are there suddenly so many eggs on Easter?"
So, Protestants invented the story of the bunny who delivered the eggs. In addition, the rabbit is also a symbol of fertility. However, the Protestants did not explain how the little mammal rabbits can lay eggs one by one like an old hen?
Protestants do not appear to be biologically truer. In addition, the traditions of Easter Sunday, Protestant and Catholic, are also very different. Protestants sat upright to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus; there were bursts of laughter in the Catholic church.
Protestants also have no objection to Easter eggs. The egg has long been a symbol of new life, as well as the resurrection of Jesus. Painting, gifting and eating eggs was a common practice in early Christianity. "Originally, in the Orthodox Church, eggs were painted red to symbolize the blood of Christ and to symbolize Christ's love for people," said Doling, an expert on folklore. "The Orthodox Church still retains this tradition to this day."
The famous mathematician Gauss once invented a formula that can calculate when Easter will be in thousands of years. Since 1684, the first full moon after the beginning of spring, between March 22 and April 25, is Easter. And every time, the little rabbit also appeared.
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