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Easter Traditions Explained

Posted on April 20, 2014

Traditions are a huge part of who we are at Basin Harbor, and although we aren’t open for business during Easter Weekend, we still are sure to celebrate the new and old traditions with loved ones.

An article by USA TODAY broke down some of our favorite Easter traditions.


Easter egg
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We all have different ways to dye our eggs each year. Did you know that the symbol of the egg may have origins in pagan rituals celebrating the spring season? The religious symbolism is the resurrection of Jesus.

Decorating eggs for Easter dates back to at least the 13th century, according to the History channel. Dying eggs red symbolized the blood of Christ.

The Easter egg is also a byproduct of Lent, as many families would give up eggs during those fast days, which end with Easter.

Easter bunny
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One theory is the Easter bunny also comes from pagan rites of spring, brought to the U.S. by 18th-century German settlers in Pennsylvania.

These settlers prepared nests for the bunny in their gardens or barns and waited for Easter Eve for the rabbit, known as “Oschter Haws,” to lay eggs, according to Christianity Today (Lee).


Peeps

The marshmallow candies now synonymous with Easter have their origins in a candy company created by Russian immigrant Sam Born. Born first opened a factory in the early 20th century in Brooklyn before moving his operations to Bethlehem, Penn., in 1932.

Starting in the 1950s, a marshmallow Peep was made by hand-squeezing marshmallow through pastry tubes. With two billion Peeps are produced annually  75% are made specifically for Easter. Nearly a third of Peeps products purchased aren’t consumed, but are used for other purposes, like Peeps dioramas (Lee).

White House Easter Egg Roll

Since 1878 American presidents have hosted the “egg roll” on the White Houses’ South Lawn. The tradition of egg rolling began around the Capitol building. Starting in the 1870s, Washingtonians converged there to celebrate Easter, but the brightly colored eggs made a mess of the lawn. In 1876, President Ulysses Grant signed a law that banned egg rollers on Capitol grounds, according to the website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An undated photo of the White House Easter Egg Roll.(Photo: Library of Congress, via White House Historical Association)

Article Source: Lee, Jolie.”Easter Eggs, Bunnies, Peeps: Easter Traditions Explained.” USA Today. Gannett, 18 Apr. 2014. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.