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Happy Easter for 2015

Easter Bunny and Eggs

 

Live Easter Bunny in grass with colored Easter eggs.

Photo of the Easter Bunny  and eggs laying in the green grass. © Superbass

The Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure depicted as a rabbit bringing eggs and symbol of Easter. Originating among German Lutherans, the “Easter Hare” originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide.

In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy, and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays.

In addition, Orthodox churches have a custom of abstaining from eggs during the fast of Lent. The only way to keep them from being wasted was to boil or roast them, and begin eating them to break the fast. As a special dish, they would probably have been decorated as part of the celebrations. Later, German Protestants retained the custom of eating colored eggs for Easter, though they did not continue the tradition of fasting. Eggs boiled with some flowers change their color, bringing the spring into the homes, and some over time added the custom of decorating the eggs.

Many Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red, the color of blood, in recognition of the blood of the sacrificed Christ (and, of the renewal of life in springtime). Some also use the color green, in honor of the new foliage emerging after the long dead time of winter.

Easter Spring Full moon is 2015 4th April, Astronomical Easter 5th April 2015, Gregorian Easter 5th April 2015, Julian Easter 12th April 2015 and Jewish Passover on 4th April 2015

 

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