• Others see a connection between Easter and the rising of the sun in the east.
Eggs were dyed and eaten during spring festivals in ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome and colored eggs were given as gifts to celebrate the coming of spring. These cultures regarded the egg as an emblem of the universe, the work of the supreme divinity.
Chocolate or candy eggs emerged in the late 1800s.
It really is a hare – not a rabbit – that symbolizes Easter.
Hares are born with their eyes open, while rabbits are born blind. The hare was thought never to blink or close its eyes, and it is a nocturnal creature, like the moon. The hare also carries its young a month before giving birth – like the changing moon erupting into fullness monthly.
. Because the Easter bunny is still a bird at heart, he continues to build a straw nest and fill it with eggs.
Many superstitions grew out of this custom – a cross bun kept from one Good Friday to the next was thought to bring luck.• Another belief was that eating hot cross buns on Good Friday served to protect the home from fire.