Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Eggs, Bunnies & Easter

We're smack dab in the middle of Holy Week, which ends with Easter, and especially with the Easter-egg hunt. 

Where on earth did egg hunting come from, and what does it have to do with Easter?? Apparently eggs were symbols of new birth for Pagans. Early Christians adopted the symbol for their own. For them it represents Jesus' tomb.

The Easter Bunny is not from Australia as the children's movie Rise of the Guardians would have us believe. In medieval times, hares (not bunnies) were symbols of purity and virginity associated with the Virgin Mary, and were often depicted in religious art. 

Both eggs and hares were also symbols of fertility during the antiquity. European immigrants brought the concept of hares (which was improperly translated to bunnies) laying eggs to North America in the 18th century.

There are many different customs surrounding the eggs at Easter time: Orthodox Christians dye them red to represent Jesus' sacrifice, others dye them green to represent new life. Apparently the reason why we have so many eggs at Easter is because Catholics were forbidden to eat eggs during lent so they went all out on Easter. 

In any event, here's where hares, bunnies, and eggs can be found: in an English garden

It's a bright, colourful springtime arrangement in a basket. It would make a great centerpiece or decoration for a coffee table in your living room. 

Check out our other Easter arrangements, and our Passover arrangements as well.

Have questions? Need help? Call The Flower Pot at 514-938-1234, visit us, or visit our website!