The Surprising Meaning & Origin of the Easter Symbols

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Easter Symbols: Pastel Colors

The term Easter probably comes from the Anglo-Saxon name for April, Eosturmonath, which likely meant “the month of opening” –the season when the buds open and a time that Christians can reflect on the tomb that opened!

What magnificent timing the Lord chose for his resurrection, when so much of the earth is literally “singing” of new life and bursting into color. It is lovely that Easter is celebrated with such a variety of colors, particularly pastels.

There is a practice in many liturgical Christian churches to use specific colors as visual symbols of the Lenten journey:

  • Purple, a symbol of repentance, is typically associated with Lent;
  • black with the darkness of Good Friday (and the hours leading up to Easter morning);
  • and white and gold with the 50 days of Easter (Easter morning to Pentecost).

Throughout the Bible, white symbolizes purity, and throughout the history of the church, baptisms traditionally took place on Easter Sunday with candidates wearing white as a symbol of their new life in Christ.

The color gold is indicative of the riches of our inheritance in Christ and His kingdom, our eternal home, where the New Jerusalem is made “of pure gold” (Revelation 21:18).

But what about bunnies?!

You may be surprised to read about their Easter origin!

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