Origins of Easter Traditions

Easter is a holiday celebrated by cultures around the world, some of which aren’t even religious. The holiday’s popularity has spawned quite a few interesting traditions, each more interesting than the last. Here are some of the origins of Easter traditions, courtesy of us here at Highway Ford. Enjoy the holiday!

Easter Bunny

The origin of the Easter bunny comes from the pagan rites of spring and was brought to the United States by German settlers. The settlers would set up nests for a bunny in their yards and wait for the Easter Eve rabbit. Known as “Oschter Haws,” the bunny would lay eggs.

Easter Eggs

While one may think the origin of the Easter bunny has to do with Easter eggs, it isn’t quite right. The origin of the Easter egg dates back to the 1200s where dying eggs red was symbolic of Christ’s blood. The Easter egg could also have been a result of Lent, when many people gave up eating eggs. Alternatively, the Easter egg may also have origins in the pagan spring rituals, but many people choose the Christian religious explanation.

Peeps

Marshmallow birds don’t seem to have much to do with Easter at first glance, but you’d be surprised. More than 75% of all Peeps are made and sold during Easter. They have their origin with a Russian immigrant named Sam Born in the 1950s. The first Peep was made by squeezing marshmallow through a pastry tube.

What are some of your Easter traditions? We at Highway Ford would love to know!