When we think of Easter, we see decorated eggs, baby chicks, chocolate, bunnies or chocolate bunnies! Whatever the case may be, Easter is a very colourful and cheerful event.
Representative of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is intended to remind us of the hope that an act of rebirth presents us. Decorated eggs and Easter bunnies became tied to the holiday because they too are a sign of rebirth.
Because rabbits have frequent multiple births, the bunny (or hare) has come to denote fertility. In addition, the hare was the sacred animal of Eastre, the goddess of spring and fertility. It was the Saxons who later devoted the month of April to celebrating this goddess.
Eggs too embody the concept of fertility and have been linked to springtime festivals for many years. According to ancient Romans, all life comes from an egg. In addition, to many Christians eggs are seen as the seed of life.
With spring and its rebirth role, there are particular flowers that remind us of events like Easter and its epitomization of abundance and renewal. People select Easter flower arrangements to add beauty and refreshing fragrance to their homes or even church. Popular choices include, Azaleas, Tulips, White Easter Lilies, Hyacinths and Daisies.
In any event, eggs, bunnies, and flowers all provide wonderful Easter tidings and similarly stand as symbols of resurrection, joy and revival.
Happy Easter to all!