Are Easter Eggs Christian?

With all the posters about Easter and Easter Egg hunts, one would naturally associate eggs with the Easter celebration. In fact, many Christian churches have egg hunts, sometimes even during the service. Millions of children every year rush out to search for Easter eggs, but are Easter eggs really Christian?

The kids look so cute and happy. It’s a way to bring non-believers into the church. However, we should be cautious about this. Like Halloween, it’s not as harmless as it may seem.

Easter eggs are a holdout from Christianizing of a pagan spring festival. This is also the reason the date of Easter changes every year. Eggs, along with rabbits and chicks, originally symbolized fertility. They have nothing to do with the resurrection or any other part of Holy Week. The fact that both non-believers and Christians have egg hunts in their celebration should be cause for pause. The world didn’t borrow them from Christians, Christians borrowed them from the world.

Today, the egg hunt is big business. Stores sell millions of dollars of candy, chocolate eggs and bunnies, baskets, and toy rabbits and ducks. They are held as fund raisers for charity. However, you’ll rarely see crosses or other Christian symbols on display or for sale (unless it’s part of church property). This is another clue, that Easter Eggs aren’t for Christians and shouldn’t be part of the Easter celebration. To focus on the easter egg is to focus on worldly consumerism.

If Christian churches feel the need to have an egg hunt, it should be separate from Easter. Perhaps on the first day of spring. That’s the time to celebrate birth. Easter should be reserved for celebrating the resurrection.

Sadly, the original pagan traditions are often getting more of the attention, even in churches. It’s returning to a pagan holiday and taking the church along. The church needs to realize this and refocus on the cross at Easter. Eggs and egg hunts are not Christian and shouldn’t be part of a Christian’s resurrection celebration. Easter should be a celebration of Jesus, not a spring festival.


5 Responses

  1. The word “Easter” also comes from “Eostre”, which is Pagan.

  2. Breaaire,
    I didn’t know that, but am not really surprised. Thanks. I did a search of “Eostre” and found she is the Anglo/Saxon goddess mother of Earth.

  3. I’ve posted on this at my blog. It looks to me as if it was the other way around. The Christians dyed eggs red, then ate the eggs at the end of the long Lenten fast. The empty egg shell symbolized the empty tomb. This custom is very old in the Orthodox Church, too old to date accurately. I think the pagans liked the dyed and painted eggs and adopted the custom as part of their spring celebrations. We always assume that pagan festivals predate Christianity, but this is not always true.

  4. Magdalena,
    Perhaps it is a blend of both. I’ve heard mixed references about the red eggs (blood of the womb/blood of the cross leading to birth/empty tomb). Still, when you add in the bunny, chicks, and grass, the modern egg hunt is no longer Christian to me. It’s a spring festival, not resurrection celebration. I rather like your reference, but I’ve not seen it practiced or even heard it done in protestant churches that I’ve been to which have easter eggs. And what about the chocolate and candies?

  5. I agree that the whole thing with bunnies is pagan. I exclude bunnies unless they are the main course. Anglican churches in some places still use the Orthodox practice. As for the chocolate and candy – it’s the end of the long Lent fast, where you didn’t eat fats, meat, dairy, sugar or drink alcohol. So things that were denied for six weeks are now allowed again – it’s a feast! We never had Easter eggs in church when I was Baptist child – nor the Easter bunny. My mother did give us chocolate and a small gift, but the resurrection was the focus.

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