Easter, also Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Easter Sunday is the Sunday following the paschal full moon date. The paschal full moon date is the ecclesiastical full moon date following 20 March. The Gregorian method derives paschal full moon dates by determining the epact for each year. The epact can have a value from * (0 or 30) to 29 days.
What are Easter Eggs?
As such, Easter egg is common during the season of Eastertide (Easter season). The oldest tradition is to use dye and paint chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs wrapped in colored foil, hand-carved wooden eggs, or plastic eggs. We fill those with confectionery such as chocolate.
The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been in association with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection.
The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th Century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.