Cracking the tradition of hiding Easter eggs

Cracking the tradition of hiding Easter eggs – Come Easter Sunday, eager children wake up to see if the Easter Bunny has visited their homes. For many families, Easter would not be the same without an annual egg hunt. From chocolate confections to money-filled plastic shells to colorful, hand-decorated hard-boiled eggs, the Easter Bunny (and his parental helpers) hide eggs all around. #EasterEggs

Cracking the tradition of hiding Easter eggs

Cracking the tradition of hiding Easter eggs - Come Easter Sunday, eager children wake up to see if the Easter Bunny has visited their homes. For many families, Easter would not be the same without an annual egg hunt. From chocolate confections to money-filled plastic shells to colorful, hand-decorated hard-boiled eggs, the Easter Bunny (and his parental helpers) hide eggs all around. #EasterEggs
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As with many traditions, people may engage in the festivities without really understanding the origins behind the fun. It can be interesting to unearth just how such egg hunts were hatched.

As with many religious traditions, Easter egg coloring and hunts trace their origins to pre-Christian societies. These societies developed rituals surrounding nature, the seasons and more. Some traditions were adapted to link them to the Christian faith. Eggs held associations with new life and spring. However, early Christians turned the egg into a symbol of the Resurrection and the empty shell became a representation of Christ’s tomb. Eggs also were important components of the Easter holiday, as they were prohibited (like meat) during Lent. But on Easter, fasting ended and eggs were a part of Easter celebrations, particularly for the poor who couldn’t afford meat.

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There are two widely known accounts of the origins of Easter egg hunts. The religious version has Protestant reformer Martin Luther organizing hunts for his congregation. The men would hide the eggs for women and children to find, which mirrors Resurrection accounts in the Bible in which women discovered Christ’s empty tomb. Another account traces the tradition to the Dutch tale of the “Oschter Haws” (“Osterhase” in German), which was a hare that laid eggs in the grass. Children would build and decorate nests for the eggs and wait to see if they would be populated, according to Discovery.com. This tradition became popular in America with the arrival of Dutch and German settlers in Pennsylvania in the 1700s.

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By the 20th century, decorated Easter nests were replaced with baskets, and Osterhase was more affectionately known as the Easter Bunny, who chose to leave eggs as well as treats and candy. Easter celebrations continued to marry both the religious and secular to form many of the customs that are known widely today.

Easter egg hunts are enjoyed by the young and old on Easter. They’re a key part of celebrations. Just remember to find all those hard-boiled eggs in a timely fashion.

Easter Blog Posts

Below is a list of blog posts that relate to Easter. Be sure to check them all out!

Easter Blog Posts
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  1. 1 Cross, 3 Nails, 4 Given Church Sign
  2. 8 Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross
  3. A-Z of Easter, The
  4. Amber Alert: Jesus Christ is Missing
  5. Arise My Love by Newsong
  6. Ascension
  7. Ash Wednesday, Day of Ashes
  8. Body of Christ
  9. Breakfast Pizza
  10. Broken Egg
  11. CEO Christians Church Sign
  12. Cracking the Tradition of Hiding Easter Eggs
  13. Create and Hide Unbreakable Easter Eggs
  14. Cross Acronym
  15. Cross of Jesus
  16. Cross Tree
  17. Dogwood Tree
  18. Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt
  19. Dye Eggs with All Natural Ingredients
  20. Easter celebrations in the era of social distancing
  21. Easter Egg Trunk Hunt
  22. Easter Finger Puzzle Printable
  23. Easter is Canceled
  24. Easter Lilies Can Kill A Cat?
  25. Easter Monday
  26. Easter Story Snack Mix Printable
  27. Easter Sweet Treats Makes Easter Special
  28. Easter Symbols
  29. Easter Trees
  30. Easter Word Search Printable
  31. Egg Rolling
  32. Empty Egg
  33. Forgiveness
  34. Free Easter Printables
  35. Good Friday
  36. Happy Easter “Resurrection Day”
  37. Hiding Easter Eggs
  38. History of Easter Bonnets
  39. Holy Monday
  40. Holy Saturday
  41. Holy Thursday
  42. Holy Tuesday
  43. Holy Wednesday
  44. Hot Cross Buns
  45. If Jesus Had An Obituary
  46. Importance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  47. It’s Not About the Bunny Church Sign
  48. Jelly Bean Face Mask
  49. Jelly Bean Prayer Printable
  50. Jesus Shows His Scars
  51. Lazarus Saturday
  52. Legend of the Donkey’s Cross
  53. Legend of the Sand Dollar Printable
  54. Legend of the Three Trees
  55. Let kites soar: A Lenten tradition takes flight
  56. Life Savers
  57. Make Easter Eggs Last
  58. Maundy Thursday
  59. Meaning Behind Easter Lilies
  60. No Bones About It – Jesus Is Alive!
  61. Palm Sunday
  62. Passover
  63. Resurrection Bracelet
  64. Resurrection Rolls
  65. Searching for Christ
  66. Shrove Tuesday
  67. Silly Rabbit, Easter is for Jesus
  68. Snoopy & Woodstock Easter Face Mask
  69. Snoopy Easter Face Mask
  70. Son of God Movie Review
  71. Spy Wednesday
  72. Stay-At-Home Spring Printables for Kids
  73. Sweating Blood Prayer
  74. Telelestai
  75. That’s My King Dr. S.M. Lockridge
  76. Trail to the Empty Tomb
  77. Truth About Easter Bunny & Easter Eggs
  78. That Tomb Is Still Empty, Easter Story Told by Two Kids
  79. Unique Easter Traditions from Around the Globe
  80. What if the Resurrection Happened Today
  81. What’s So Good About Good Friday?
  82. Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?
  83. Woodstock Easter Face Mask
  84. Words of Forgiveness by Saving Darkness
  85. You, Sin, Christ – A Simple Illustration
  86. You’ve Been Egged Printable

Article compliments of MetroCreative. TF204828 – First published March 30, 2020. Last updated or republished March 22, 2021.

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