Easter is a strange holiday. The strangest aspect is the Easter Bunny. Who came up with that idea? There are pagan fertility elements in the holiday symbolized by rabbits, eggs and Easter baskets. Spring is the time to make babies! I was at the shopping mall where parents were lined up to take photos of their little children with the Easter Bunny. I felt sorry for whoever was wearing that rabbit costume; I bet it was hot in there. Yet, all the children taking their picture with the rabbit brought the essence of the holiday into focus…human fertility.
On the other hand, Easter is the grimmest of holidays. It concerns the state sponsored torture and murder of an innocent man, Jesus. His resurrection is a happy ending to a terrible event. As far as I’m concerned the religious aspect of Easter is not something to celebrate, but a time for reflection. On this Easter of April 24, 2011, there still is state sponsored torture and murder of innocent people by governments, like today in Libya and Syria.
We have the Easter bunny, and we have the crucifixion. The two don’t mix at all. The pagan aspect is about birth, and the Christian aspect is about death with the hope of resurrection. How the two concepts became entangled is beyond me. The Easter bunny is a weird idea that should be put aside. A walking, talking rabbit? I say only in cartoons. Say NO to Easter bunnies!