Pathways Through Our Past
Easter falls in the spring, the yearly time of renewal. When the earth renews itself after a long cold winter. It is the season of the growing sun and new birth. Calves and colts scampering across the fields, and chicks and ducks piping under heat lights. Puppies and kittens begin to show their faces for the family to see.
Some European children go house to house begging for Easter eggs, much like Halloween trick or treaters. This is called pace-egging from the old word for Easter. Many old cultures attribute the egg with great healing power. The first book to mention Easter eggs was written over 500 years ago.
Today on Easter Sunday, many children wake up to find that the Easter Bunny has left them baskets of candy. The bunny also hides eggs that the family decorated earlier in the week. Neighborhoods and organizations hold Easter egg hunts, the child finding the most eggs wins a prize.
The first edible Easter Bunny was made in Germany during the 1800s and were made from pastry crust and sugar. The precise origin of the ancient custom of coloring eggs is not known. Many eastern Christians to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red, the color of blood in recognition of the blood of the sacrificed Christ.
The Easter Lily is native to the southern islands of Japan. In the 1880s it was widely cultivated in Bermuda and the bulbs were shipped to this country.
Around the turn of the century the Japanese took over the annual growing exportation of Easter Lilies to the United States and continued to dominate the U.S. export market until the start of World War II.