I'm not talking about the weather...although we enjoyed a delightful 35 degree Spring day for egg hunting.
I am a big supporter of celebrating holidays and traditions however I like to understand why we are doing what we are doing. So, when my daughter asked me why we have the Easter Bunny...I had to look it up because I had no idea.
So, it turns out that no one really knows how bunnies and eggs got linked. But bunnies and eggs actually have very little to do with Easter (the Christian holiday celebrating the the resurrection of Christ). As with most traditions, they have Pagan roots and really celebrate the changing seasons. So...bunnies and eggs represent fertility. The beginning of Spring marks the beginning of new life...and thus symbols of fertility are used in celebration.
(there is a slight reason for eggs and Easter in Catholism...eggs were part of the Lent fasting)
Therefore, since our family is not Christian....why are we celebrating Easter during Christian's Holy Week? We should celebrate it on March 22nd...the first day of Spring. Would that be bad for my kids...that they are celebrating the true roots of Easter and not conforming to the rest of the US' holiday schedule? I don't know...is that big of a deal?
For more information on just about anything...check out wikipedia.org