Debunked Easter Myths You Didn't Know February 16 2016, 0 Comments

Easter: an occasion celebrated every year to remember Christianity’s most significant incident.


For some, it means multi-coloured eggs, bunny rabbits, buns, and all the popular traditions you could think of that drag the word Easter into the picture.


So, what’s the truth behind all the mishmash about Easter?


One truth that can’t be bent: Easter happens every first Sunday following the full moon after the day when light is equal to darkness, or the so-called March equinox. It corresponds with the beginning of Spring.


Another unbendable truth: Easter is a day that actually starts in--guess what--the east  


Some Easter stories have been twisted beyond recognition, and so it appears that Easter became an immense cross-pollination of folk traditions, losing their origins. Let’s all hop in to explore!

 

Hippity Hoppity--Who?

Why furry, bunny rabbits, you ask? That’s because rabbits are among the first to hop out of their burrows to enjoy spring weather, and not to mention they are well known for their prolific trait!


What makes them an essential part of Easter?


They were already written in Medieval manuscripts. And these manuscripts reveal that hares and rabbits are deemed as rascals or villains. They were not cute, furry, gift-giving bunnies like we all see during Easter; they were buffoons, ruffians, and troublemakers instead.

Medieval Depictions Rascal Rabbits

A book called De ovis paschalibus or “About Easter eggs” written by doctor Georg Franck von Frankenau depicted the first recorded Easter bunnies and is published in 1682.


Then in 1835, Jakob Grimm’s Deustche Mythologie says that a wounded bird was healed by a goddess called Ostara by turning it into a hare. As a sign of gratitude, the hare continued to lay eggs.


Other than bunny rabbits scaring children out of bushes and hiding coloured eggs, there was only little origin written about Easter rabbits.

Beg for an Egg?


Speaking of eggs, the notion of rabbit hiding eggs was a tradition brought by German immigrants to the United States back in 1800s.


Why egg? The humble egg significantly represents more than one thing, actually.

  • Its rounded shape denotes eternity.
  • It is a self-contained symbol of life as it’s neatly packaged
  • The egg is part of an endless cycle: Life, death, and rebirth.

In other words, the egg is a long-held symbol of life.

During Lent’s biblical calendar month, eating eggs was forbidden. And so, bingeing onto hard-boiled eggs and egg-dough based buns became a special treat during Easter after a period of self-denial.


Only good children get coloured eggs, and this has become well known to this day since the Roman Empire.


Got Some Buns, Hun?

Easter Hot Cross Bun

Now let’s talk about another sumptuous treat every Easter--buns.


Easter buns actually aren’t Easter original. These so-called buns are associated with fertility festivals. Believe it or not, it has been traced back to ancient Egypt, wherein a small spiced bun is dedicated to the Egyptian moon goddess Isis--a tradition that spread to the Ancient Greeks. It is said to be baked with the hieroglyph of ox horns on its surface.


In Christian traditions, buns became a biblical icon when Jesus shared bread with his disciples on the night of the Last Supper.


Buns are also hanging in the kitchen as they are believed to ward off vermin, evil spirits, and dangerous fires. If not hung in the kitchen, buns are brought in boats to protect them from shipwreck.


So next time you celebrate Easter, you now know more than just egg-hunting and furry bunny rabbits. Irresistibly cute, aren’t they? Checkout how you can make them your phone case as these samples below:


 Easter iPersonalised Phone Cases