Easter Symbols and Meanings

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Easter Symbols and Meanings

Have you ever heard of the old Easter Bunny story from Germany?  It’s about how the Easter Bunny became a part of the Easter holiday. A woman hid very colorful Easter eggs outdoors.  Her children went out to hunt for them. As they were going out, they saw a rabbit hop by. From that moment, her children thought the rabbit brought the Easter eggs. Presently, parents are still telling their children that  the Easter Bunny brings beautiful colored eggs.  The Easter Bunny is a sign that Easter is almost here.

The Easter egg is a symbol of new life.  For thousands of years, eggs were part of many spring festivals.  People would color eggs and give them to one another.

Some Easter colors are white, yellow and green.  White stands for purity, and yellow is for sunlight.  Green is the color of nature, and it stands for spring and rebirth.

From a Christian point of view, candles are lit during Easter time to acknowledge that Jesus is the light of the world.  Light is also a symbol of hope and new life.

Spring is the season of new beginnings and even before Easter began, the symbols people used for spring festivals are some of the same symbols we are using today. Have a Happy Easter and enjoy the spring season.

Information taken from: Easter: Parades, Chocolates, and Celebration by Elaine Landau

--Deborah P. Turner, Children’s Librarian