It's Easter week, and that means time for fluffy bunnies and brightly colored Easter eggs to mark the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Wait. What?

Bunnies and eggs have nothing to do with religion, at least not the Catholic religion. So, why did bunnies and eggs get incorporated into the most important feast of the Catholic calendar?

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    The Easter Bunny isn't in the Bible, so why is he such an Easter symbol? Rabbits have a lot of little baby rabbits, and ancient people saw them as a symbol of fertility. Fertility was important in ancient times because not everyone made it out of childhood. When Christianity was just a struggling little religion, they adopted a lot of pagan symbols to draw those followers to the new religion.

    courtesy: Arne Trautmann
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    Easter Eggs

    Eggs are another symbol of new life, just like Spring is the season of renewal.  Christ dying on the Cross and His Resurrection is a symbol of eternal life promised to His followers.  Spring is all about renewal and new life. Getting the pattern?  Eggs are another pagan symbol that was folded into Christianity, even if you probably won't find Easter eggs at church.

    courtesy: Viktor Pryymachuk