It is thought that the tradition of the Easter Egg began in Medieval Europe. It is possible that the first Easter eggs actually came from Paganism and not Christianity.
Easter eggs are linked to the Christian custom of Lent, when people often fast or go without luxuries. Some also go without any dairy and meat and so eggs were often used up before the period of Lent, sometimes in pancakes
. Eggs laid during this time were often surplus so they were hard-boiled to preserve them. They were then often gifted to the poor.
From the 13th century, people started to decorate eggs at the end of lent, when they were allowed to return to eating them. Eggs also represent new life which matches the Christian belief that Jesus was resurrected at Easter and the regrowing of plants and birth of baby animals in Spring.
As for the Easter Bunny, it is thought that he originated in Germany and the idea spread across Western nations with the migration of German immigrants. The Easter Bunny is now a popular character in the celebration of Easter worldwide.
However, in Sweden they instead celebrate the Easter witch and children will dress up in hats and capes!
And in Norway, Easter is the biggest celebration of the year. Even bigger than Christmas! The Norwegians like to decorate their homes using chicken and egg ornaments.
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