5 Easter Traditions

Laila Sanders, Staff Writer


Easter Bunny 

This tradition is quite a mystery, bunnies were never mentioned in the bible, yet these mammals have become the biggest symbol of easter. Even though its origin is unclear, rabbits are known to be an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. Some sources claim that the Easter bunny came from German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s. These German immigrants are claimed to have brought over their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase”. 

Easter Eggs 

From painting to hiding, eggs have become a huge part of Easter. Although Easter is a Christian holiday, this tradition is likely linked to Pagen traditions. Eggs symbolize new life and have been associated with Pagen festivals celebrating spring. People began to paint eggs in the 13th century. Eggs were formally forbidden during lent, so people would paint and decorate them as a symbol of the end of the period of penance and fasting. 

Easter Candy 

Easter is the second best-selling candy in America after Halloween. Chocolate eggs have been associated with this day since the 19th century. Jellybeans have also been a very popular Easter treat, dating back to biblical era, but has only been associated with Easter since the 1930s. Over 16 billion jellybeans are made in the United States every Easter. 

Easter Parades 

Although Easter parades are not as big in the south, New York City has held one since the mid-1800s. The wealthier class would stroll down Fifth Avenue, showing off their new spring outfits and hats after Easter service. Average citizens started to show up on Fifth Avenue to check out the action, this tradition reached its peak by the mid-20th century. 

Easter Lillies 

White Easter Lillies symbolizes the purity of Christ to Christians. They are very common decorations at churches and homes around Easter time. Lillies are native to Japan and were brought to England in 1777 but were brought to the United States in the wake of World War 1. They are now the unofficial flower of Easter celebrations across the US.