Quote: Originally Posted by Spade
"The Christians took the festival and put it on the next Sunday. The name has corrupted to Easter, and the hare has given way to the rabbit! - But - eggs are still exchanged, continuing the old custom."
So, chocolate eggs and rabbits are popular.
Actually lots of civilizations had equinox celebrations, including the Jews who celebrated Passover on the first full moon after the spring equinox. Because the crucifixion happened at the time of the Passover, Good Friday is celebrated on the first Friday after the first full moon after the equinox, and Ressurection the following Sunday. With the conversion to Christianity in certain lands, the "pagan" celebration was abandoned but the old symbols (bunny and eggs) were kept as part of the celebration as well as the ancient name. A few years ago I was talking to an African immigrant about the upcoming Easter holiday and he didn't have a clue what I meant until he asked if I was referring to "Ressurection". The name "Easter" is not universal.
I grew up with a fancy dinner featuring ham, and it's a tradition that my wife and I carried on until I learned that Ham as Easter dinner was initiated to mock the Jews. That made me rather uncomfortable about ham for Easter so now we still have a big dinner, but usually not ham. This year was two entres, lamb and chicken.