How Did Eggs and Rabbits Become Associated With the Celebration of Easter?

Easter began as the most joyous of Christian holidays to celebrate the rebirth of Christ. Since Easter comes at the same time as spring, when new life begins with growth and rebirth in nature, many ancient people honored the coming of spring.

Ancient Egyptians and Persians celebrated the coming of spring by coloring and eating eggs, for eggs were a symbol of fertility and new life.

The Christians adopted the egg as their symbol of new life as well. In the early days of the church, eggs were forbidden food during Lent, the period before Easter. But when Lent ended, people were glad to eat eggs again and made it a tradition to eat them on Easter Sunday. They also gave eggs to their children.

The hare, or rabbit, was also part of the celebration of spring long before Christianity. In Ancient Egypt, the hare was thought to have some connection with the moon, since this small animal comes out to eat only at night. Since the moon also symbolized the beginning of a new life, so did the hare, or rabbit.

The wearing of new clothes on Easter Sunday is also a symbol of a new beginning. It is the casting off of old clothes and the wearing of new ones!


  1. Anonymous says

    You are way off base with this answer. Read on:

    The first thing we must understand is that professing Christians were not the only ones who celebrated a festival called “Easter.”

    “Ishtar”, which is pronounced “Easter” was a day that commemorated the resurrection of one of their gods that they called “Tammuz”, who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon-goddess and the sun-god.

    In those ancient times, there was a man named Nimrod, who was the grandson of one of Noah’s son named Ham.

    Ham had a son named Cush who married a woman named Semiramis.Cush and Semiramis then had a son named him “Nimrod.”

    After the death of his father, Nimrod married his own mother and became a powerful King.

    The Bible tells of of this man, Nimrod, in Genesis 10:8-10 as follows: “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad,and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.”

    Nimrod became a god-man to the people and Semiramis, his wife and mother, became the powerful Queen of ancient Babylon.

    Nimrod was eventually killed by an enemy, and his body was cut in pieces and sent to various parts of his kingdom.

    Semiramis had all of the parts gathered, except for one part that could not be found.

    That missing part was his reproductive organ. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod could not come back to life without it and told the people of Babylon that Nimrod had ascended to the sun and was now to be called “Baal”, the sun god.

    Queen Semiramis also proclaimed that Baal would be present on earth in the form of a flame, whether candle or lamp, when used in worship.

    Semiramis was creating a mystery religion, and with the help of Satan, she set herself up as a goddess.

    Semiramis claimed that she was immaculately conceived.

    She taught that the moon was a goddess that went through a 28 day cycle and ovulated when full.

    She further claimed that she came down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River.

    This was to have happened at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox.

    Semiramis became known as “Ishtar” which is pronounced “Easter”, and her moon egg became known as “Ishtar’s” egg.”

    Ishtar soon became pregnant and claimed that it was the rays of the sun-god Baal that caused her to conceive.

    The son that she brought forth was named Tammuz.

    Tammuz was noted to be especially fond of rabbits, and they became sacred in the ancient religion, because Tammuz was believed to be the son of the sun-god, Baal. Tammuz, like his supposed father, became a hunter.

    The day came when Tammuz was killed by a wild pig.

    Queen Ishtar told the people that Tammuz was now ascended to his father, Baal, and that the two of them would be with the worshippers in the sacred candle or lamp flame as Father, Son and Spirit.

    Ishtar, who was now worshipped as the “Mother of God and Queen of Heaven”, continued to build her mystery religion.

    The queen told the worshippers that when Tammuz was killed by the wild pig, some of his blood fell on the stump of an evergreen tree, and the stump grew into a full new tree overnight. This made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz.

    She also proclaimed a forty day period of time of sorrow each year prior to the anniversary of the death of Tammuz.

    During this time, no meat was to be eaten.

    Worshippers were to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of Baal and Tammuz, and to make the sign of the “T” in front of their hearts as they worshipped.

    They also ate sacred cakes with the marking of a “T” or cross on the top.

    Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a celebration was made.

    It was Ishtar’s Sunday and was celebrated with rabbits and eggs.

    Ishtar also proclaimed that because Tammuz was killed by a pig, that a pig must be eaten on that Sunday.

    The truth is that Easter has nothing whatsoever to do with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    We also know that Easter can be as much as three weeks away from the Passover, because the pagan holiday is always set as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.

    Some have wondered why the word “Easter” is in the the King James Bible.

    It is because Acts, chapter 12, tells us that it was the evil King Herod, who was planning to celebrate Easter, and not the Christians.

    The true Passover and pagan Easter sometimes coincide, but in some years, they are a great distance apart.

    The truth is that the forty days of Lent, eggs, rabbits,hot cross buns and the Easter ham have everything to do with the ancient pagan religion of Mystery Babylon.These are all antichrist activities!

    Satan is a master deceiver, and has filled the lives of well-meaning, professing Christians with idolatry.

  2. Harvey says

    Fascinating insight to how bizarre and twisted Baal worship is represented and the relevence to rabbits and the moon. “Rabbits” are THE preferred instrument magicians like Mandrake use(d) and references have appeared consistantly throughout history to this species – easily interpreted against what can be seen on the moon in the night sky.

    Since an Easter Bunny is clearly and easily interpreted, and the unique features of a critter that by contrast to all of nature are born eyes wide open while assigning its gender weeks after birth, we can derive scripture reference in the Bible points to this thing that like thieves in the night, knaw on the vine – whereby every farmer will tell you will sack crops like nothing else.

    Indeed beware Greeks baring gifts “rabbits” (preferably called “emanons”) were commonly used as extortion tactic to dissemate a culture’s livelihood in agriculture. It’s also believed the presence of this thing makes people a bit ditsy – and like some kind of worm, seems almost metaphysically operate like a vacuum.

    A new phenomenon has taken shape in northern California where wheat based products that are “Rabbit Approved” are popping up in almost every major grocery outlet. Sort of a, “mark of the beast” – and extremely offensive. Yet, anomoly occurs where people get quite giddy and dismissive over it.

    The Catholic Institutional conditioning context was pressured by Germans in the 1600′s to enter the “Easter Bunny” into custom, as sort of protest. Wheat based food is not quite the same as chocolate, being that rabbits don’t lay eggs but have litters.

    Yet, so many people don’t have a clue and will even distort the idea so severely as to say the custom represents an immaculate conception. Gross. Talk about blasphamy against the Holy Spirit! If Satan can’t cast out Satan, it’s easily derived that all of nature hates this species.. pointing to, “snake!” or “wolf!” and even, “that’s lion!”

    “Dont tread on me” represented by a snake incidentally in the American revolution probably had much to do with the colonialist being agriculture and farming like George Washington.

    It’s essential that we as a people work together as a team and nit get cross eyed over the issue. These pests are disarmingly cute and highly perceptive. They need to be assigned away from all of nature on an island in the middle of the Pacific away from everything else, perhaps governed by an owl – as prophesy might suggest under Isaiah.

  3. stone says

    I believe everything you said was correct. I just wanted to add that Nimrod’s real name was Amrafel and he was killed by his great grand uncle Shem. And there’s a heck of alot more stuff that took place around that guy Nimron (Amrafal) that’s directly affecting all of our lives today. It’s insane! :-)

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