Why Are Eggs Associated with Easter?

Everyone knows that Easter is not complete without beautifully decorated Easter eggs. But why are eggs associated with Easter?


In ancient Babylonia, the egg was considered a sacred symbol. A fable tells of a large egg falling from heaven into the Euphrates River and the Goddess Astarte (Easter) supposedly hatched from the egg. Therefore, the egg represented the Goddess Easter.  This spread all over the world. For example, in Rome, Greece, China, Persia, Egypt and Japan, eggs are colored and used in sacred festivals. The Easter egg, then, is a symbol of rebirth.  It is now customary to exchange Easter eggs with one another. For Christians, they are reminders of Jesus’ resurrection (or rebirth).

The Easter egg hunt came about because long ago children believed the “Easter Hare”, a rabbit spirit, laid eggs in the grass. Today it is a tradition that children wake up on Easter morning to find that the “Easter Bunny” has hid Easter eggs for them to find either in the house or in the yard.

About the Author
Carla received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer science with an emphasis in Child Development. She also holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree, specializing in public librarianship and youth services.