Easter is traditionally the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. But where did the Easter Bunny and the Easter egg tradition come from?

The origins of the story of the Easter Bunny are foggy. The Easter bunny is said to bring chocolate eggs to well-behaved children on Easter. The bunny might have originated from the ancient pagan festivals which celebrated the rabbit as a symbol of fertility. As Christianity spread, older beliefs were incorporated into the new faith. Another possibility is that German immigrants who travelled to America in the 1700s might have brought with them the belief about a rabbit that laid eggs. Interestingly, in some parts of the world, the animal associated with Easter is the fox or the cuckoo bird. Easter bunnies are a celebration of new life, not just in the religious sense but also in nature. Easter falls during springtime or summer when flowers are in bloom and birds are nesting. Easter eggs too are a celebration of spring and birth.

The White House popularised another tradition associated with Easter, the Easter Egg Roll. This was a popular game in Europe among children. The rolling of the eggs downhill was meant to symbolise the rolling away of the stone covering Christ’s tomb. Since 1878, this tradition continues at the White House.

Join Cidade de Goa on April 16, 2017 to revel in the celebration of Easter with a sumptuous brunch that is sure to satisfy every palate. There’s fun for the whole family as kids can have their very own Easter Egg Hunt. Doçaria, the in-house cake shop, will have chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and other Easter goodies to satisfy your every craving.