As I was preparing for my baby’s first Easter, I stumbled across some interesting statistics and facts about Easter. Although Easter is meant to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, there are some other origins for Easter symbols. I have recorded the most interesting details, so I hope you enjoy it.
The Name Easter– Although the Easter holiday is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb, the name “Easter” is derived from the pagan Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre. Springtime and the month of April are both associated with Eostre, and she is believed to be the goddess of spring fertility and the sunrise.
The Easter Egg also came from this Anglo-Saxon goddess because the egg is the symbol of fertility, as it has also been viewed by many cultures throughout time. Some traditionally will dye eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ, and green to symbolize the beginning of spring.
The Easter Bunny– It is speculated that the goddess’ lights of dawn (because she is the goddess of the sunrise) were carried by hares, but the actual etymology of rabbits with Easter is unknown. Although they are also associated with fertility.
Easter Baskets– The idea of a bunny carrying an Easter basket originated from German legend, and is also associated with Eostre. Baskets of the first seedlings were presented to the goddess so that she would bless their harvest.
The Easter Lily symbolizes purity, life, and renewal. Because it is shaped like a trumpet, it is to remind us of the heralding of Jesus Christ upon returning triumphantly to Jerusalem.
Of course, the symbol of the cross stands for Christ dying for the sins of the world, and the lamb because he called himself the sacrificial Lamb of God.
Easter Fun Facts:
90 Million – number of chocolate Easter bunnies made every year.
16 Billion – jelly beans made specifically for Easter every year.
700 Million – marshmallow peeps bought every year in America.
76% – of Americans eat the ears first on a chocolate bunny.
10% – increase in Americans’ Easter spending from last year.
95% – of the world’s Easter Lilies have grown on only 10 farms in the United States.
Quotes and Poems:
“If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!”
–Clarence W. Hall
An Easter Carol
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right…
“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.”