Who would have ever thought we would be celebrating another Easter in the midst of the pandemic? Although we are so much further ahead in understanding the virus that has gripped the world, most of us are in some stage of lockdown or restriction. Some are lucky enough to have been vaccinated, but so many more are waiting their turn. At least the future looks much brighter this Easter than last year…
Easter is one, if not the most important religious celebration for Christians. Over the years, it has also become a huge commercial holiday complete with Easter eggs, bunnies and lots of chocolate. These may not be mentioned in any holy books, but their symbolism does have significance in Easter and Spring.
Both eggs and rabbits portray new life and renewal. At one time, eating eggs was not allowed (by religious leaders) during the week before Easter. Instead, any eggs laid during that period were hard-boiled and decorated for children as gifts for Easter. Rabbits (the Easter Bunny, affectionately known as Peter Cottontail) are a symbol of fertility. Sometime during the 19th century, Europeans made chocolate eggs for Easter; however, the chocolate was dark and bitter, not too tasty. It wasn’t until 1875 when John Cadbury successfully made the first moulded chocolate Easter eggs… the rest is history.
Whatever your Easter celebrations may include, I hope the sun is shining, the snow has melted, and that nature is waking to the new season, Spring…and the Easter Bunny has left a heaping basket of chocolate eggs at your front door!
Happy Easter, everyone.❤️