Easter is an important religious feast in the Christianity. Christians all over the world believe that Jesus was resurrected from dead after crucification on this day. It is celebrated two days after Good Friday and is known as Easter Day or Easter Sunday. The year of death and resurrection are estimated between 26 and 36 AD.
Easter season traditionally lasted for over forty days beginning with Easter Day until Ascension Day. In recent times, it lasts for nearly fifty days until Pentecost. The first week of Easter is known as Octave of Easter. It also marks the end of Lent, which is a season of penance and prayer. Easter is moveable feast as the date is not fixed. It falls between March and April every year. Many cultural events like Easter Bunny have now become part and parcel of celebrations.
Modern-day Easter is result of two ancient traditions viz Judeo-Christian and the Pagan and both celebrate death and resurrection themes that follow the Spring Equinox for millennia. It is believed that most of the elements associated with Christian observance of Easter are carried over from Pagan celebrations of earlier days.
One of the symbols of Easter is Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon Teutonic goddess of fertility and spring. It is believed she used to be often accompanied by a hare. Another symbol is rabbits as symbol of new life and rebirth which occurs during the spring season. It is believed that German settlers in America brought tradition of bunny who visits every house on Easter eve leaving colored eggs which are meant for children. This tradition is followed today by decorating eggs. Another symbol of Easter is Hot Cross Bun which is mark of respect to Eastre. There are crosses made on these buns which represent moon’s quarters and some Christians associate this cross with crucification.