History Behind Easter

Colorful Easter eggs. (Miriam Navarro)

As Easter is celebrated across the United States, families gather to celebrate and continue traditions, but have you asked yourself why do we even celebrate this holiday?

Well,  it is a religious and cultural celebration commemorating where people celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the son of god. According to the New Testament, Jesus was arrested by the Roman authorities because he claimed to be the son of god and for doing miracles where he would heal people. Then he was sentenced to death by a Roman Emperor by crucifixion. Jesus’ resurrection three days later marked the Easter holiday. 

People still may ask why bunnies and colorful eggs are the main attraction. Well in the 13th century, eggs were forbidden food during lent and Christians would celebrate Easter by painting and decorating the eggs then they would eat them on the holiday.  It is believed that the Easter bunny was first introduced in the States during the 1700’s arriving with the German Immigrants. The immigrant tradition consisted in fabled egg laying hare called the “osterhase” and children would make a nest where the rabbit would lay colored eggs. 

The tradition had some changes after  it  was spread in the U.S., kids now would get a basket instead of the nest. Also kids would get deliveries of candies and treats from the Easter bunny.  

 However, Easter is not only celebrated in the United States, Easter is also celebrated in multiple countries but the way of celebration changes in many different ways depending on the culture and country being celebrated.