What Is The Meaning Of Easter?

To Easter Or Not To Easter? This is the question!

What exactly are we celebrating apart from Public Holidays and universal love of chocolate!? (I am a self-confessed chocoholic, so this piece may be a little biased towards the dairy milk!)

Easter From A Christian Viewpoint

The purpose of Easter Sunday for Christians is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the lead up to the Easter period is filled with religious traditions and customs to the faith which are very symbolic and meaningful in this belief.

Why Easter Symbols?

Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny are both fertility symbols, holdovers from the feast of Eostara – which is a celebration of a spring goddess. Other symbolic parallels include the pagan joy in the rising sun of spring, which coincides with Christians’ joy in the rising Son of God, and the lighting of candles in churches, which corresponds to the pagan bonfires. The symbol of the cross and images of Jesus Christ, through paintings or statues, are remembered on Easter Day. The Pagan celebrations date back many many years and do cross-correlate in many ways with Christianity. This period of the year and this season were always a reason to rejoice.

Easter with Cadbury’s Chocolate Company

We can liken Easter and Cadbury like “Hallmark and Valentines Day”, and “Coca Cola and Santa”, and could Easter be one of the biggest marketing and creative juggernauts for chocolate companies. Let’s be honest – the majority of us love it!!! Cadbury though wasn’t the company to start the chocolate egg revolution – it did start with a European company in the 19th century.  And then in 1875, John Cadbury made an Easter egg, it did take a while for Cadbury to hit their stride in the Easter Egg manufacturing market, but then in 1905 with the launch of the Cadbury dairy milk chocolate, we have been in heaven ever since, becoming a seasonal best seller.

Easter From A Child’s Perspective

Is it all about creative crafts, bonnet parades, Easter egg hunts, giving up a treat prior to the Easter period, and hatching of new chickens? Regardless of the why and how it is celebrated – there is no denying there is deep-seated historical beliefs and traditions rooted in faith – so above all – for children it could simply be looked at as a new seasonal celebration of new life, lives being rejoiced, fresh produce, and quality family time spent together.

From My Perspective

Hot Cross Buns, Mini Eggs, Public Holidays, celebrating faith, and new starts in the season all blend into one – and I am happy to be a part of this with children and their joyful spirits!

However you choose to celebrate, have a safe and happy time. From The Education Gap team!