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Easter Symbols

Easter eggs & baby chicks- Eggs and chicks symbolize new life. Eggs have been a symbol of spring since ancient times. An egg also is a symbol of the rock tomb out of which Christ emerged when he arose again. The chick, hatching out of the egg, symbolizes new life or re-birth.

The Easter eggs came into being as a symbol of "new life." Usually, Easter eggs are hard-boiled chicken eggs. They were first colored by the pagans to resemble the return of the sunlight, as well as the Northern Lights in the sky. In several countries around the world, it's customary to decorate and give these eggs as gifts.

Easter bunny- The rabbit, or hare, was a symbol of abundant new life in ancient times, and reminds us of spring and new life.

Easter Lilies- The white blossoms symbolize the purity of Jesus. Lilies, emerging from the earth in the spring, also symbolize new life and the resurrection of Christ. All About Easter Lilies.

The lamb - Represents Jesus, "the Lamb of God".
The cross - Symbolizes Jesus' victory over death.

Palm branches- Represents when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday and people waved palm branches, welcoming him.

Hot Cross Buns- Hot cross buns have a cross of icing on the top to remind people of Christ.

The Butterfly is one of the significant symbols of Easter. Its whole life cycle is meant to symbolize the life of Jesus Christ. The first stage, is the caterpillar, which stands for His life on Earth. Second phase begins from the cocoon stage, portraying the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. The third and final stage is the butterfly, representing His raising from the dead in a glorified body and peace.

Easter Cards - Easter cards arrived in Victorian England, when a stationer added a greeting to a drawing of a rabbit. According to American Greetings, Easter is now the fourth most popular holiday for sending cards, behind Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day.

Easter Parades - After their baptisms, early Christians wore white robes all through Easter week to indicate their new lives. Those had already been baptized wore new clothes instead to symbolize their sharing a new life with Christ.

In Medieval Europe, churchgoers would take a walk after Easter Mass, led by a crucifix or the Easter candle. Today these walks endure as Easter Parades. People show off their spring finery, including lovely bonnets decorated for spring.


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Very interesting. I knew about the Cross, the Lamb, Palm Branches and the Easter Lily, but not the rest.
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I never heard any of this before and I have been a christain for a long time. I found it to be very interesting and informative. Did you know all of this or did you have to research all of it?
Thsnkd for the info.
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I never heard any of this before and I have been a christain for a long time. I found it to be very interesting and informative. Did you know all of this or did you have to research all of it?
Thsnkd for the info.
I did not know all of these, either. At the end of the post, I posted the credits: info from: factmonster.com; theholidayspot.com & associatedcontent.com

I just thought that it was some interesting info.
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Tami, Thanks again for the info it was very interesting. I would like to have a copy of it, so I will send you a private message and maybe you would send it to my email. I can then copy it. Thanks
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Tami, Thanks again for the info it was very interesting. I would like to have a copy of it, so I will send you a private message and maybe you would send it to my email. I can then copy it. Thanks
I sent it to ya!

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Thanks! I got it and am going to share it around here and with my family. You really got back to me fast. Appreciate it.

Happy EasterTo you and yours!
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