Easter is here again on April 20 and, along with Easter, comes the joy of egg hunts, photo ops with the Easter bunny and family dinners. Easter is a colorful holiday that reminds every one of the coming spring and the rebirth of new life. It is a time of hope and happiness and the gentle colors and images associated with Easter, like pastels and baby lambs, convey these emotions.
Although Easter is a religious holiday based in the Christian faith, it has taken on a whole new meaning in the past few decades due to the rampant marketing of holiday icons like bunnies, lambs, chicks and eggs. Easter is largely regarded as being the cutest holiday and this is mostly due to the many cutesy/kitschy items that are displayed and offered in stores in its honor.
The rapid commercialization of Easter has somewhat obscured the traditional origins behind the symbols of Easter. However, the feelings associated with these icons of spring, new life and hope have largely remained the same over the centuries. Below is a list of five things that are associated with Easter.
The Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny is the star of Easter. According to legend, the Easter Bunny brings baskets filled with colorfully decorated eggs to good children. The eggs have candy, usually chocolate, inside of them.
Easter eggs are hard boiled eggs that have been colorfully decorated. Most people choose to decorate Easter eggs in pastel colors but they can be decorated in any shade. Most kits provide dye for the eggs but others include paint, ink or even glitter.
Pastel colors are strongly associated with Easter because the holiday is synonymous with new life and rebirth and gentle pastel colors bring youth to mind. Pastel pink, yellow, green, blue and purple are wildly popular at Eastertime.
Easter is a spring holiday that almost always falls in April (sometimes March) when the first flowers are starting to bloom and creatures like lambs and chicks are being born and/or hatched. Spring is symbolic of rebirth as is Easter so the holiday and the time of year are directly associated with one another.
Easter always falls on a Sunday. Although the dates change from year to year (although it always occurs in either March or, more frequently, April) the actual holiday is always on a Sunday. Thus, some people refer to the occasion as “Easter Sunday.”