10 Easter Symbols and their Meanings

Date:02-04-2014 10:40:07 read:5

Easter symbols refer to all those things that signify the beautiful festival of Easter. They are often used during Easter at different places. Each of them have a different history attached to them and a reason why they are Easter symbols. Below are given the main symbols of Easter:

1. Cross

The cross naturally represents the cross on Mount Calvary on which Jesus Christ was crucified.

2. Eggs

Eggs signify new life. Hence they are the main symbols of an Easter celebration. Today Easter eggs, are are an inseparable part of an Easter preparation.

3. Chickens

Chickens came to be a part of Easter because just like eggs, they symbolize new life. Often pictures of chickens are printed on Easter greeting cards and Easter banners.

4. Bunnies

An Easter bunny or a rabbit carries characteristics similar to the Santa Claus of Christmas. It is believed that the two-toothed creature delivers Easter eggs, candies or gifts for children on Easter. The reason why rabbits came to be associated with Easter is that for ages they were symbols of fertility and new life.

5. Easter flowers

White lilies, daffodils and tulips are often termed as Easter flowers. The main reason for this is that they symbolize innocence, purity and the spring season.

6. Easter Bonnet Hats

It was believed that wearing something new on Easter would bring good luck to a person. Hence, this is from the where the idea of wearing bonnets came up. Christians used to wear colorful decorated hats using a variety of ornamental flowers.

7. Candles

Easter is the day when Jesus rose from the dead. Hence this sacred festival teaches us never to lose hope. Candles signify the ray of hope when times get tough. This is how candles came to associated with Easter.

8. Hot-cross bun

Hot cross buns are sweetened buns made of raisins and citrus fruits. A cross is marked on the top of the bun. The cross represents the cross on while Christ was crucified. The cross is made of rice, icing or flour.

9. Pretzels

After hot cross bun, pretzels are the next most popular Easter dish. Pretzels are baked using dough and sweet flavors. The shape of a pretzel resembles the torso of a person while folding arms and praying.

10. Butterflies

Butterflies are one of the very important symbols of Easter. The very first stage of the a butterfly when it is a caterpillar, symbolizes the life of Jesus on earth right from his birth. The cocoon stage highlights the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. The third or the final stage when the insect breaks the cocoon open and transforms into a butterfly signifies Jesus’ resurrection on the day of Easter.

Hence, these are a few Easter symbols that are often used to represent the divine feast of Easter.

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