For Christians, this time of year is a special time of year meant for worship and giving thanks.
This of course is because of Easter which will be celebrated on April 12.
Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ after his death on the cross, which is seen as the undeniable proof that he was the son of God.
Easter is proceeded by Lent and several different ways of worship depending on the form of Christianity that is being practiced.
Next to Christmas it is considered by many to be the most holy of Christian holidays. Much like Christmas, Easter is yet another Christian holiday that has had its true meaning dwarfed by commercialism and pop culture.
For most people, when they first think of Easter, they likely think of candy, the Easter bunny, Easter eggs and a nice spring day they have off of work.
The eggs, the bunny and the candy are all the general symbols of Easter that are marketed and commercialized; therefore, they are the most widely accepted symbols of the holiday.
While all these things have ancient Christian roots, the tradition of hiding chocolate eggs or plastic colorful eggs full of candy, telling little children that a rabbit hid them to celebrate Easter and having the children go on an Easter egg hunt have little to do with the resurrection of Christ.
The origin of the Easter egg comes from ancient Mesopotamia where they painted eggs red to symbolize the blood from the crucifixion of Jesus, and the egg to symbolize new life representing the resurrection.
This tradition has since evolved into decoratively painting chicken eggs, but also to filling bright colored plastic eggs with treats.
The tradition of the Easter Bunny comes from Germany and was made up as a symbol much like Santa Claus was for Christmas.
While all these symbols are very festive and make the celebrations more lively, they take away from what we are meant to be celebrating, and that is the absolute thankfulness we have towards Jesus for dying on the cross so we have the chance to be forgiven for our sins.
The celebration of resurrection is also supposed to be a joyous occasion because we are celebrating that Jesus lives even after death.
Spending a nice spring day outside while children search for candy in colorful eggs is a great way to spend a Sunday, but it has little to nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ.
Easter is still a very Christian holiday and is not as widely celebrated by non-Christians, unlik Christmas.
This likely because of commercialism and marketing.
Despite faith, who doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas?
You get to cover a tree with ornaments and lights, you usually have a family gathering with a feast and everyone gets presents.
Easter just isn’t as sexy as that, but the commercialism that drives this country has still belittled the meaning of Easter.
Even though I was raised Catholic and regularly engage in worship practices, before I looked into the holiday, I did not know much about Easter other than that it was the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection and that we got candy and to color eggs.
I never understood the connection to the Jewish holiday of Passover, which is when Jewish people celebrate the liberation of Israel from Egypt. While many Christians understand that the last supper was a Passover Seder led by Christ, which is why the two coincide, it is yet another detail that can get lost on people who just focus on the bunny.