easter symbolism

The Christian tradition is rich in symbols that recall the Resurrection of Jesus. The most famous symbols of Easter are: the egg, the lamb, the dove, the bunny, the bells, the egg is the symbol of Easter all over the world: painted or carved, made of chocolate or sugar, terracotta or papier-mâché, the egg is considered the representation of life and regeneration. The Persians were the first to use the egg as an object of good luck; the ancient Romans used to bury in the fields an egg painted red, a symbol of fertility and therefore propitious for the harvest. Always with this meaning, the egg entered the Christian tradition, recalling eternal life. The first egg with surprise was given to Francis I of France at the beginning of the 16th century, but the precious and decorated eggs became an Easter gift in the Tsar`s Russia, thanks to the goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergè, who marked the history of decorated Easter eggs.the use of chocolate for the production of eggs is quite recent and became common only during the 20th century.the lamb is one of the most common christian symbols. The origin is directly connected with Jewish liberation: the ancient Jews sacrificed a lamb during a feast; the first Christians, most of whom were Jews, associated the sacrifice of the lamb with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. They connected the feast of the Jewish Easter, which recalled the liberation from slavery in Egypt, with the liberation from death represented by the Resurrection. The popularity of the lamb as an Easter food is closely related to its importance as a symbol. in the Middle Ages the roasted lamb became the main dish of the Pope's Easter lunch and it is still customary to serve it on Easter Sunday in several European countries. Decorated lambs made of almond paste or as a cake are quite common in the Easter period. the dove recalls the episode of the universal flood described in the Bible, when it returned to Noah with an olive branch in its beak to announce that the divine punishment was over. The dove became a symbol of peace. The Easter bunny has its origin in the pre-Christian tradition: the hare and the rabbit were the most fertile animals known and were used by the Anglo-Saxons as a symbol of new life during the spring. The rabbit as a symbol of Easter seems to be born in Germany during the 1500s and the first edible bunnies, made of pastry and sugar, were also produced in Germany in the early 1800s. The Easter Bunny was introduced into American folklore by German settlers who landed in Dutch Pennsylvania during the 19th century. Even today in the United States and Great Britain, during the Easter period, the windows are filled with Easter Bunnies of all shapes and sizes, and for some time now they have also started to be seen in Italy.

 

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