Easter Symbols

Easter Symbols – Easter is replete with many recognized symbols.  Tradition plays an important role in Easter celebrations for many families. Cherished traditions and symbols of Easter may include anything from egg hunts to lilies to lambs. Understanding the importance behind these symbols can make sharing the miracle of Easter that much more special. #EasterSymbols

Easter Symbols

Easter Symbols

Tradition plays an important role in Easter celebrations for many families. Cherished traditions and symbols of Easter may include anything from egg hunts to lilies to lambs. Understanding the importance behind these symbols can make sharing the miracle of Easter that much more special.


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Easter Sunday is one of the most meaningful days on the Christian calendar. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe died by crucifixion as a sacrifice to atonement. Many symbols are associated with Easter, and understanding these symbols can help Christians and non-Christians alike gain a stronger grasp of this deeply meaningful Christian day of worship.

Cross /Crucifix

The cross, also known as a crucifix is one of the central symbols of Easter and Christianity. The cross is a symbol of Christ’s crucifixion and sacrifice. The crucifix also highlights the ability of God to give new life to people after death.

In addition to wearing and displaying the cross during Easter, some people bake “hot cross buns” as another symbol of the season.

Eggs

Eggs are one of the more recognizable symbols of Easter. For Easter egg hunts, eggs are hard-boiled and decorated in bright hues. It’s believed that the origins of Easter eggs are both secular and religious. From the secular (once pagan) perspective, the egg is an ancient symbol of new life, according to The History Channel, and has been associated with pagan festivals that celebrate spring. Some Christians feel that Easter eggs represent Christ’s emergence from the tomb and his subsequent resurrection. Eggs were once a food not consumed during Lent, therefore painting and decorating them to mark the end of fasting and penance became a way to celebrate Easter.

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Also check out the Empty Egg being the Empty Tomb in this You’ve Been Egged Printable!

Rabbit aka Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is very much a secular symbol of the holiday, but one that has become so ingrained with the season that many people ascribe to it a Christian meaning. Pagan celebrations of spring often linked rabbits or hares with the season because of their fertility and ability to bring forth new life. According to the Christian living resource Crosswalk, believers associate the rabbit coming out of its underground home as a symbol of Christ emerging from the tomb.

Read about the Truth about the Easter Bunny

Lilies

Lilies are often exchanged during Easter celebrations or presented as hostess gifts for those sharing the holiday meal with others. The American Bible Society says lilies grow in the spring around the time when Easter is typically celebrated. Also, because they look like trumpets, they can be a symbol that heralds Christ’s resurrection.

Lamb

The lamb is another symbol associated with Easter. Lambs were originally associated with the Jewish holiday of Passover, when lambs were sacrificed and their blood was used to mark which houses contained those faithful to God. As a result of his crucifixion, Christ became the symbolic lamb for all – the ultimate sacrifice.

According to CatholicCulture.org, the lamb represents Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The lamb can be connected to Jewish Passover, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. During the celebration of Passover, each Jewish family killed a lamb as a sacrifice. Christians commonly refer to Jesus as the Lamb of God who God sacrificed so Christians’ sins could be forgiven. He is also known as the sacrificial lamb.

Clothing

New clothing is another symbol of Easter that traces its origins back further than many Christians may realize. It’s customary for present-day Christians to don their Sunday best when attending Easter Sunday Mass, and the tradition of looking sharp on Easter can be traced to the early Christians, who would wear new white robes for baptisms during Easter services. Eventually, all Easter celebrants began to wear new clothes during Easter services. Including the Easter Bonnet.

Palm fronds

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, taking place one week before Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. According to the Gospels, Jesus rode a young donkey into Jerusalem, where the townspeople threw palms in front of him in homage. That practice was a customary sign of respect in Jerusalem, and today Christians believe the palm is a sign of peace. Palms continue to be distributed to the faithful during Palm Sunday Mass.

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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  2. 8 Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross
  3. A-Z of Easter, The
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  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 TF163095 & TF183823. Some revisions and additions were done too. Previously published March 2018. Last updated or republished March 2, 2021.

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Easter Symbols - Easter is replete with many recognized symbols. Tradition plays an important role in Easter celebrations for many families. Cherished traditions and symbols of Easter may include anything from egg hunts to lilies to lambs. Understanding the importance behind these symbols can make sharing the miracle of Easter that much more special. #EasterSymbols

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