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Easter traditions
Publié le dimanche 27 mars 2011.

Easter has always had a religious and a non-religious side ( = secular). In fact, Easter was originally a pagan festival.

The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with a festival commemorating their goddess of springtime, Eastre . As it happened, the pagan festival of Eastre occurred at the same time of year as the Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ. The early name, Eastre, was eventually changed to its modern spelling, Easter.

The Easter Bunny  : The Easter Bunny is not a modern invention. The symbol originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit. The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America.

The Easter egg  : The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians.

The egg was a symbol of birth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf.

Today, children hunt colored eggs and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs — those made of plastic or chocolate candy.

Enjoy your Easter holidays !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And chocolates too !!!!!!!!!!!!!