If you do not believe this, that is totally fine, everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and religion. I think we at least should be able to explain to our children what the holiday is meant to represent and that it is not only about finding hidden Easter eggs and eating a ton of chocolate brought by a rabbit.
Easter eggs and the Easter bunny are symbols of Easter. Eggs are important as they represent the rebirth of nature in the spring and the promise of new life to come in the following months. www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/easter-monday. I was not sure where the Easter bunny fit into the whole Easter scheme. I discovered that rabbits and hares are fertility symbols, so like eggs represent new life. The custom of a rabbit bringing eggs for children dates back to 1682 in Germany. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Bunny
For many Easter is a time to get together with family. My family celebrates Easter this way, decorating Easter eggs with the children and enjoying a turkey/ham dinner. This Easter I plan on explaining to my kids why Easter is important and what many people think Easter is meant to represent. Happy Easter however you choose to celebrate it!
Thought of the day: If marbles are not made of marble, why are they called marbles?
Quote of the day: Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and new life. Janine di Giovanni (European reporter)