Published on Nov 2, 2019

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Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and the end of the period known as Lent. Christians believe that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday after being betrayed by Judas. Scriptures say he was sentenced to death and after crucifixion was placed in a tomb by Roman soldiers, who covered the entrance with an enormous stone. Three days later Mary Magdalene, later followed by some of Jesus’s disciples, discovered that the tomb was empty. His followers believe he was resurrected on this day, which is now known as Easter Sunday.

Where do Easter Eggs Come From?

Eggs are a common part of the religious festival because they are said to signify re-birth. The practice of decorating birds’ eggs goes back tens of thousands of years – engraved and decorated Ostrich eggs have been discovered that date back 60,000 years! The Christian tradition of giving eggs began in Mesopotamia, where eggs were decorated and given as gifts. Eggs used to be stained red by early Christians to symbolise the blood shed by Jesus. From here, the tradition spread throughout Russia and Europe.

Why do We Eat Easter Eggs?

The introduction of chocolate eggs is a relatively new one originating in France and Germany during the 19th century. At the time the chocolate was hard and bitter and there was no process for moulding but as chocolate production became more sophisticated, hollow chocolate eggs were produced. The hollow centres are said to symbolise Jesus’ empty tomb.


The first chocolate egg in the UK was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol. The company later merged with Cadbury’s, who launched their first Easter egg in 1875 – and Easter became a firm favourite with children. Now 90 million Easter eggs are sold every year in the UK alone!

Why Does the Easter Bunny Visit?

Bunnies are also a big part of Easter. This tradition is believed to have come from a pagan festival, Eostre, which is dedicated to the goddess of fertility, who was often represented as a rabbit. Rabbits usually give birth to big litters, hence why they are the symbol of new life. Early pictures from Germany originally show the ‘Easter hare’ delivering eggs in baskets to children in Christian families. Some countries have slightly different traditions: in Switzerland, Easter eggs are delivered by cuckoo; in Bavaria it’s a cock; and in parts of Germany, a fox does the honours.

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