Why We Hunt Easter Eggs

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Easter is a big holiday, especially for Christians. A tradition is hunting Easter eggs, but why do we do it? First off, the Easter egg is a symbol of life and rebirth, representing Jesus’ resurrection. Eggs were originally dyed red to represent Christ’s blood.  Though Easter is a Christian holiday, Easter egg hunts started out as a pagan holiday. This tradition is believed to be started in the 1700s. The Pennsylvania Dutch believed in a egg laying bunny known as Oschter Haws. He would lay eggs, and the children would build nests for the bunny to lay the eggs in. They would then find the eggs he left. The nests turned into the tradition of us using baskets to search for the eggs. Easter egg hunts are a big part of Easter, so we should appreciate the history behind this beloved tradition.

 

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