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Where did the idea of Easter egg hunts come from?

bill 2009/04/11 00:22:23
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  • E.G. 2009/04/12 13:25:35
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    I'm told that Easter has it's roots in ancient Eygypt with Isis, the goddess of fertility. The eggs represent the fertility. Skipping ahead... the Egyptian holiday was combined with a pagan spring festival to come up with modern-day Easter.

    A more important tip: If you're hiding real eggs, either make a list of where they went, or don't hide them TOO well. Don't think I'll ever forget finding eggs over 8 months later... *grin*
  • Körïnthïän 2009/04/11 22:37:27
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    It had nothing to do with Christianity, that's for sure.
  • wolfshadow 2009/04/11 18:38:46
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    Hunting Eggs is safer... they don't fight back!
  • Brenda 2009/04/11 18:09:25
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    I have no clue
  • A 2009/04/11 15:08:44
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    No one knows for sure how the custom of hiding and hunting for eggs began, but it's possible that it may be based on the fact that before farming, people literally had to hunt for eggs the same way they hunted for other food.

    The early Saxons had a Spring Goddess named Eostre (also known as Oestre and Eastre), whose feast was held on the Vernal Equinox, around March 21. Her animal was the spring hare (later the rabbit) because it was known to be a very fertile animal. Likewise, the egg, for obvious reasons, is a symbol of birth or new life.

    Ostara, the Pagan celebration on which the Christian holiday of Easter is based, was a celebration of new life and rebirth. In fact, the date for Easter is always the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs after the Vernal Equinox. I’m always amused by the fact that the two major Christian holidays (the other being Christmas, of course) are in fact, Pagan.
  • E.G. A 2009/04/12 13:31:13
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    It's not an accident that the Christian holy-days and Pagan holidays fall on the same day. As the Christian religion gained power, their dates were shuffled to coincide in an attempt to "take over" those dates. If only they new way back then how Hallmark and Walmart would take over. *grin*

    I just wish I knew where the Bunny fits into the egg hunt...?

    coincide attempt dates hallmark walmart grin bunny fits egg hunt
  • Amanda †In God We Trust† 2009/04/11 14:36:56
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    The Egg symbolizes New life, thats all I know.... But maybe they just thought they had to do something with eggs and made it up.
  • herb 2009/04/11 14:26:10
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    Oeastre (Easter) rites in Saxon England were fertility rites. Eggs symbolized birth and rebirth, hares the act of reproduction.

    Children participated in these rituals because sex wasn't a taboo subject.

    Christian morality stripped the references to sex, changing hares into bunnies and back-forming folklore to explain the inclusion of Pagan traditions into Christian rites.
  • E.G. herb 2009/04/12 13:33:26
    E.G.
    Any idea why hares were picked over rats and mice which are far more prolific?
  • herb E.G. 2009/04/12 15:19:55
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    No clue. Perhaps the vilification of rats as disease carriers?
  • E.G. herb 2009/04/13 05:03:48
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    That's what I'm thinking. So they [ok, so I'm lumping in different groups] killed the cats because they hung out with "witches" and subsequently were killed themselves by a plague that exploded with the population of rats. So rats go down as the bad guy even if the fleas ON the rats were the real culprit. What a mess! *grin*
  • Irons 2009/04/11 12:33:12
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    Russia, forget the whole story but it had to do with Christ emerging from a dark area...or whatever
  • PC 2009/04/11 05:34:47
  • Angel 2009/04/11 03:50:06
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    first introduced to America in the early 1800s by German immigrants, who brought with them to the new country their old tradition of the Oschter Haws. For German children, the Oschter Haws - or Easter Bunny - was the highlight of their Easter celebrations. The Haws would arrive on Easter morning, delighting them by laying colored eggs in nests.
  • luigi1-... Angel 2009/04/11 12:48:33
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    i have heard of that legend as well. the easter bunny laying eggs may had originated in the uk. heard legend easter bunny laying eggs originated uk
  • E.G. Angel 2009/04/12 13:35:46
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    If rabbits laying colored eggs was their idea of a good time, what was the original Easter treat? L.S.D.?? *grin*
  • Angel E.G. 2009/04/12 17:17:52
  • m 2009/04/11 03:24:14
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    The Hare Club for men.

    hare club >
  • Ali ~ In My Heart I Trust ~ 2009/04/11 03:21:12
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    I'm betting on fertility rites - good, strong pagan stuff.
  • noopinion 2009/04/11 03:08:29
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    I heard it was from sending the kids out to gather eggs from the chicken coop for breakfast. Don't have a freakin clue where the rabbit came from.
  • DrTim 2009/04/11 02:23:25
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    A ..."Sterile Chicken"???
  • Florida... DrTim 2009/04/11 15:24:30 (edited)
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    The best answer yet...3 Kudos

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  • Deathblooms /m\ 2009/04/11 02:23:05
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    I do know the decorated egg is a rebirth of earth in the spring for a Pagan, where the hunt part came in after it started at easter time with the christian faith I do not know.
  • Its Ms.MiMi,b!tch 2009/04/11 02:13:18
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    i heard it came from Europe where if a woman couldn't get pregnant,they would paint her and hide her ni the forest and a bunch of men would go looking for her and they all would have sex with her in order to get her pregnant..this is what i have heard..
  • The Beaver Its Ms.... 2009/04/11 02:19:41
    The Beaver
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    Very interesting!
  • Its Ms.... The Beaver 2009/04/11 02:21:01
    Its Ms.MiMi,b!tch
    +1
    lol.. really heard that..
  • The Beaver Its Ms.... 2009/04/11 02:24:10
    The Beaver
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    That's hilarious....great Easter story!
  • Its Ms.... The Beaver 2009/04/11 02:26:14
  • Ali ~ I... Its Ms.... 2009/04/11 03:22:50
    Ali ~ In My Heart I Trust ~
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    That gives the Easter Bunny a whole different look, doesn't it? LOL...love it...don't tell the kids, though.
  • Irons Its Ms.... 2009/04/11 12:33:51
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    my kind of easter
  • Its Ms.... Irons 2009/04/11 13:33:37
  • AdventPhantom .::New Holoca... 2009/04/11 02:04:39
  • The Beaver AdventP... 2009/04/11 02:16:29
    The Beaver
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    I never thought egg hunting could be so stimulating!
  • AdventP... The Beaver 2009/04/11 02:17:30
  • tierney 2009/04/11 02:02:23
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    I think it came from frustrated parents trying to get their children to think it 'fun' to search for their lost miittens, keys and remotes...
  • The Beaver 2009/04/11 00:35:53
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    Probably an idea from some kinky swingers!

    kinky swingers
  • bill The Beaver 2009/04/11 00:38:42
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    can we go on the hunt?
  • The Beaver bill 2009/04/11 00:40:41
    The Beaver
    I'm always ready and willing if you are UP for the task!
  • AdventP... The Beaver 2009/04/11 02:02:55
  • The Beaver AdventP... 2009/04/11 02:13:21
    The Beaver
    +1
    Sweet!

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