Why do We Give Easter Eggs?

‘Easter’ is named after Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. The holiday comes from pagan customs and fertility rites. The Easter Bunny was considered to be a rabbit spirit and since they have multiple births rapidly they are linked with fertility. The egg hunt custom began because they led children to believe that the Easter Hare laid eggs in the grass. Romans believed all life came from eggs and Christians incorporated this into their worship saying eggs are the ‘seed of life’ and should be associated with the resurrection of Christ. Dyed easter eggs are believed to have originated in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia when they dyed eggs for spring festivals linked to fertility.