Why Do You Eat Chocolate at Easter?
One of my friends asks: Why is Easter a day of chocolate?
A: Actually, many people do not know why we eat chocolate at Easter. Let’s take a look:
Recap from last week:
- Easter is a special holiday that comes once a year, on the first Sunday after the full moon on, or following the spring equinox .
- Easter is celebrated over 4 days from Friday to Monday.
- Easter is a time when Christians remember that Jesus died (Friday) and came back alive (Sunday).
Part 2: Why do people eat chocolate eggs and bunnies at Easter?
Chocolate eggs and bunnies are often given as presents and eaten on Easter Sunday, especially for children. Often parents will hide the chocolate around the house or in the garden. They will then tell the children that the ‘Easter Bunny’ has visited and hidden the chocolate, and that the children must find it. This is called an ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ (Good fun too!)
The festival of Easter, was NOT originally a Christian festival. It was a time that people celebrated spring. Spring is a time of new life after winter. The egg is a symbol of new life.
Rabbits are also a symbol of new life.
In English we have the phrase: “Breed like rabbits“. The word ‘breed‘ means ‘to have babies‘. So if you have a friend who has 5 children, you might say: “They breed like rabbits!” It means they have MANY babies!
Easter eggs, were not originally made from chocolate. They were made of boiled eggs that had been painted. The first chocolate Easter egg was made about 150 years ago.
Question: Do you know what the ‘Easter Bunny’ is? HINT: CLICK HERE to see my chocolate Easter Bunny!
Activity: A bunny is a rabbit, a puppy is a baby dog, a kitten is a baby cat.
- a foal?
- a kid?
- a joey?