The word Easter comes from the Teutonic goddess of springtime Eostre, who was commonly connected with rabbits, thanks to their connection with fertility. The early Germanic cultures believed that Eostre’s egg-laying rabbits started the beginning of Spring. When Christianity made it’s way into Northern Europe in the 15th century, the activity stuck around even as religions was over taken by beliefs. The egg, which is a symbol of birth and rebirth, has been around for thousands of years, came to represent the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Traditionally Easter eggs were dyed red to symbolise Jesus’ blood. At the present time, Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, not only the end of Lent, a 40 day period which Christians give up certain foods or habits they enjoy or enjoy to do.
We do an Easter egg hunt because the coloured eggs had to have a purpose. Easter eggs are largely a common tradition, the egg hunt is no different. It’s widely believed that egg hunt dates are sent back to the 1700s , when the Pennsylvania Dutch believed in an egg-laying hare called Oschter Haws (or Osterhase). As this indicator to the Easter Bunny laid eggs in the grass, children were encouraged to build nests to lay its eggs in. Then to search for the eggs left behind. Oschter Haws eventually became the name Easter Bunny, who isn’t known for its egg-laying capability, but the tradition of making a nest-or in the modern day, baskets and searching for his presents stuck around.
Now you know why we celebrate Easter with an Easter egg hunt.