Easter is a Christian holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to Christian scripture, Jesus was raised from the dead three days after having been crucified. Because Easter is celebrated the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, it’s date moves and can fall anywhere between March 22nd and April 25th.
Some Christians observe Easter from a more religious point of view, proceeding Easter Sunday with fasting and/or religious services. However, many people Christian and non-Christian, celebrate by having a feast, painting eggs, and having the Easter Bunny bring presents and candy to children.
The Easter bunny is a large human-like rabbit that goes from house to house bringing children baskets full of candy and small gifts. Some common candy that you would find in a kids easter basket includes chocolate eggs, marshmallow shaped like chicks called peeps, and jelly beans.
Some Easter traditions include Easter egg hunts, where parents hide decorated hard-boiled eggs or plastic eggs filled with candy all over their yard and then let the children go around finding them and collecting them in a basket. A part of that tradition is the egg coloring itself. Usually white eggs are hard boiled and then decorated by dipping them in dyes, or drawing patterns on them before dipping them.
Another tradition is the Easter feast which usually consists of a main dish (a turkey, ham, fish, or duck) and many side dishes. Sweets and desert are a main focus on this holiday and aside from having a lot of candy and chocolate shaped like rabbits and eggs, there are often many cakes, pies, and cookies.
The theme of chicks, bunnies, eggs and beans are all harbingers of spring and the rebirth of all things green that come with it. The colorful reawakening that comes with spring is a metaphor for the resurrection of Jesus.