Easter Holiday

by | Mar 29, 2017 | Current Events

Wishing all of our customers a Happy Easter!

Heart of Iowa will be closed on Friday, April 14 in observance of Good Friday.
Offices will re-open on Monday, April 17.

Interesting Trivia on Easter

Easter is a religious holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Easter is a moveable holiday feast as it does not fall on a set date every year, like most holidays do.  Christian churches in the West follow the Gregorian calendar, Easter is on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21.  With this Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 to April 25 every year.

The origins of the  term Easter are unknown but some sources say the word Easter comes from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring fertility.  Others trace this back to Latin term hebdomada alba, white week, an ancient reference to Easter week.

Easter Bunny

The Bible does not mention an Easter Bunny who delivers decorated eggs to good children on Easter Sunday. The Easter bunny has become a symbol of the Easter Holiday.

It is unclear of how the Easter Bunny came about but rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life.  Some sources, have the Easter bunny first coming to America in the 1700’s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania.  They shared their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws”. Then the children would make nests for the hare to lay its colored eggs. This spread across the United States. The Easter Bunny expanded to Easter Morning and included chocolate and other types of candy and gifts and replaced the nest with a decorated basket.  Some children even leave out carrots for the Easter Bunny in case he is hungry from all the hopping around to deliver the baskets.

Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are linked to pagan traditions.  The egg is an ancient symbol of new life and a pagan festivals celebrating spring.  With the Christian ideals Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb. The decorating of eggs dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One theory for coloring eggs is they were a forbidden food during the Lenten season and people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of fasting and eat them on Easter in celebration.

This emerged on to Easter egg hunts and the Famous Easter Egg Roll a race that children push the eggs across the White House lawn.  This is an annual event at the White House which started in 1878 when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.

For more information on this abbreviated article please read the full article from the history channel at http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/easter-symbols.