Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Now let the heavens be joyful,
Let earth her song begin:
Let the round world keep triumph,
And all that is therein;
Invisible and visible,
Their notes let all things blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen
Our joy that hath no end.
 
(Saint John of Damascus)
I hope you are all safe over the weekend while celebrating the culmination of the Lenten season. Easter is about Christ, but how does the bunny and the eggs come into the picture? We were pagans before Christianity or any religion converted our ancestors. It is said that the Easter bunny and eggs are remnants of our  ancestors' pagan practices. Here's a fun fact:

"The origin of the celebration -- and the Easter bunny -- can be traced back to 13th century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate. Spring also symbolized new life and rebirth; eggs were an ancient symbol of fertility. According to History.com, Easter eggs represent Jesus' resurrection. However, this association came much later when Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Germany in the 15th century and merged with already ingrained pagan beliefs." (new.discovery.com)

Because bunnies are cute and chocolates are delicious, I can't help but join the fun. I made an origami bunny cup as holder for the colorfully-wrapped chocolates. Happy Easter everyone!


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4 thoughts:

Karen April 24, 2011 at 4:43 AM  

Happy Easter to you! Love the Pacific Blue.

Lisa April 25, 2011 at 6:43 PM  

I've never seen an origami bunny. You did a great job. This history of Christian holiday traditions is always interesting. A blessed Easter to you.

Brooke April 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM  

That bunny is cute! Thanks for linking up!

Laura T. April 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM  

What a cute bunny! Very creative and perfect color for pacific blue.

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