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Easter Eggs


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Title: Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs
Easter Eggs
  • Many civilizations believed that the world began
    as an egg.
  • Yolk as sun
  • The rest the earth
  • Egyptians Greeks buried eggs with dead
  • Why eggs so important?
  • Egg is the beginning of life
  • Given new hope

  • Egg represents life and symbolizes new life
  • Before using egg as a symbol people participated
    in egg hunt for egg was important food source for
  • Children participated in egg hunt and were given
    a prize if their egg was most beautiful and

  • As childrens egg hunt spread many eggs were dyes
    and hidden the night before the hunt
  • The hunts continued when many tribes were
    converted to Christianity and in many places it
    has become a teaching tool
  • Orthodox Christians were probably the first to
    color the eggs to explain the true meaning of
  • Red

  • In Middle and Dark Ages eggs were decorated with
    religious images
  • In Germany green eggs before Good Friday Easter
    tree was created for hanging eggs

  • In Scandavian nations and British Isles instead
    of hiding the eggs children went from house to
    house begging for brightly colored eggs. To earn
    that, they have to act out part of the Easter
    story egg pacing
  • Decorating Easter eggs became artistic

  • During Lent season eggs were on the list of food
    that cant be eaten in medieval times
  • Easter basket
  • Bag or hat
  • Egg hunt were forbidden for it had pagan roots
    like Christmas
  • Groups like Puritans forbid Easter and Christmas

  • For several hundred years children knew nothing
    about Easter eggs tradition
  • Easter comeback during 1850s in England and U.S.
  • During Civil War President Lincoln started
    egg-rolling contest.

  • Faberge
  • Although eggs represent the recurring cycle of
    life Easter eggs were adopted by Christians to
    symbolize the eternal life
  • Powerful lesson of faith

Easter Bunny
  • No connection between this character and any
    element of Christianity
  • Yet Easter bunny is the reminder of the coming
  • Oestre, pagan goddess which Easter might have
    been derived
  • Drives the winter away and reawakens the world
    for its annual rebirth in spring

  • A bird became a rabbit and it still laid eggs.
    Oestre gathered the eggs laid by the bird and
    gave to the worlds best children.
  • First connection of the eggs and rabbit
  • When the pagan worshippers became Christians the
    story disappeared
  • In Germany rabbit got involved in Easter lore for
    bunnies populated there

  • In Middle age Easter egg hunt took place in open
    field or meadows
  • Eggs were often found where the rabbits fled
  • Easter bunny first appeared in Germany
  • In 1500s books were published
  • In 1800s they made edible bunnies
  • German and Dutch immigrant brought Easter bunny
    to America as Ostcher Haws, a large, white rabbit
  • Bring beautiful eggs to those who have been good
    all year

  • Acceptance of the Easter bunny
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • Bugs Bunny
  • Gene Autrys Peter Cottontail in 1950

  • Though no connection to Easter he opens up the
    opportunity for Christians to share the real
    reason of Easter Jesus dying on the cross and
    rising from the tomb two thousands years ago
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