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Easter in a Basket to go!

By Tammy Laval

We have Easter hampers looking for a new home !

Ray White Mackay City is currently running a Facebook competition for Easter !

Simply share on Facebook the photo of our Easter Hampers up for grabs, or make a comment about the prize and you too could win some chocolate bliss before the long weekend !

Prize drawn on the 30th of March from the pool of participants, and notified via Facebook.

On a side note have you ever wondered why we use Chocolate Eggs to celebrate Easter ?

“Eggs are a potent symbol of life, renewal and rebirth dating back millennia. The egg was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter. The hard shell of the egg represents the tomb and the emerging chick represents Jesus, whose resurrection conquered death. The tradition of eating eggs on Easter is tied to Lent, the six-week period before Easter during which Christians traditionally abstained from all animal products, including meat, dairy and eggs. Since chickens continue to lay eggs throughout Lent, people would hard boil the eggs, decorate them and save them for Easter. The modern tradition of eating chocolate eggs at Easter is a fun, kid-friendly twist on this ancient religious ritual, which originated in Europe during the early-19th century.” Cited by Dave Roos, this explanation is a great summary on how & why the egg symbol came about during the celebration of Easter.

Originally eating eggs were not allowed by the church during the week leading up to Easter (known as Holy Week).

So any eggs laid that week were saved and decorated to make them ‘Holy Week eggs’, then given to children as gifts.

Victorians adapted the tradition with satin covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts.

As for the first Chocolate Easter Egg as we know it, it was created by John Cadbury who made the first ‘French eating Chocolate’ in 1842.  However, it was not until 1875 that the first Cadbury Easter Eggs were made. Progress in the chocolate-making technique and Easter egg market was slow, until a method was found for making the chocolate flow into the moulds to create hollow eggs like the ones we have today. From there they very quickly became popular and remain popular today.

So how and when did the Easter Bunny come along?

The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th century.

Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life.

Legend has it that the Easter bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life.

He doesn’t do all the work alone though. In Switzerland, Easter eggs are delivered by a cuckoo, and by a fox in parts of Germany.

The Easter Bunny and his cohort of friends developed with the Easter celebration from pagan roots, and ‘the origin of the Easter Bunny can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.’

‘The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s, when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country, according to the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.’

The tradition of making nests or beds for the rabbit to lay its eggs soon followed. With nests later becoming decorated baskets and decorated eggs exchanged or substituted with candy, treats and other small gifts. (by Trace Dominguez)

And there you have it, so next time you crack open an Easter Egg, you know exactly how it came about, and most importantly why !

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