Archive for April 24, 2011

The Origin of Easter

Have you ever wondered how Easter became what it is today?  What do eggs and bunnies have to do with the resurrection of Christ?  Well there’s actually a simple answer and it involves people pushing religion on each other.

Every Spring Pagans held a festival to honour their god Eastre, who’s symbol was a rabbit.  When the Christians came to convert the pagans to Christianity, they found that the Eastre celebration happened to be on the same day Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus.  To make it easier to convert the pagans they simply allowed them to continue their festival, which involved painting eggs, but in a Christian way.

So that’s why we get chocolate eggs delivered by bunnies every year on the date Jesus returned from the dead.  It’s actually a lot simpler than I thought; I was expecting a big government conspiracy.  Let me know what you think of the origins of Easter by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.