The Easter bunny and other holiday traditions

Both colored eggs, chocolate, and the Easter rabbit are symbols that are related to this holiday. Although history is not very clear on this aspect, historians and legend hunters believe that the origin of the Easter bunny is an Anglo-Saxon tradition.

Easter Bunny

Meaning of the Easter Bunny and Colored Eggs

The custom of decorating and hiding eggs for the little ones, along with the figure of the Easter Bunny, has its roots in Anglo-Saxon traditions and dates back to pre-Christian times, when the rabbit symbolized fertility.

This link to fertility led to their association with the Germanic goddess Ostara, also known as Eostre, to whom they paid homage with the arrival of spring. It was in the 19th century when the charming tradition of decorating them and turning them into exquisite chocolates arose.

In ancient times, families protected eggs from decay by covering them with wax; Later, the practice evolved into egg painting. Wax is still used in pysanka, which are Easter eggs made in Ukraine. They are highly decorated, with all kinds of filigrees and the protection of the wax highlights and preserves the work.

Catholics and their practices during Easter

Easter is one of the most important celebrations for Catholics. Their traditions are steeped in symbolism and spiritual meaning, reflecting the importance of this holiday in this religion. They are added to the already mentioned chocolate eggs and the rabbit.

  • Palm Sunday: marks the beginning of Holy Week. It commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, just before his passion, death and resurrection. The faithful bring palms or olive branches to the church to bless them. They then distribute them among the faithful as a symbol of celebration. In many parishes, special processions are held. Parishioners walk together singing hymns of praise.


  • Easter Vigil: It takes place during the night of Holy Saturday and marks the transition from darkness to light, symbolizing the resurrection of Jesus. During this celebration, the Pascual Candle is lit, which represents Christ as the light of the world.
  • Resurrection Mass: Celebrated on Easter Sunday, it is the climax of Holy Week. During this mass, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is joyfully proclaimed and the hope of eternal life is renewed. Churches are often decorated with flowers and hymns of joy are sung.
  • Blessing of the Baptismal Water: takes place in some parishes. This holy water is used for baptisms and special blessings throughout the year. It represents spiritual rebirth and the purification of the soul through the sacrament of baptism.

One of the most deeply rooted practices within the Catholic community is abstinence from consuming meat during the Lent period. During these dates, the star foods are fish and seafood, followed to a lesser extent by chicken.

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