While Easter is primarily a religious holiday predicated on the resurrection of Christ, we like to celebrate it by decorating and hiding eggs — some hard-boiled, some filled with candy — regardless of the fact that if Jesus did emerge from anywhere it was probably a tomb, not a decorated egg. Also, if there is an Easter bunny, he too did not emerge from an egg (most likely from another bunny).
So what’s the deal with Easter eggs? A probable link to a pagan past, humans have been decorating eggs as symbols of fertility and rebirth for thousands of years — gilded ostrich eggs have been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians.
Ancient Christian Mesopotamians also decorated eggs by dying them red to reflect the blood shed at Christ’s crucifixion. And in the 1600s, the church officially adopted the egg as a symbol of the resurrection.
So traditions sprang up over the years, from decorating to presenting the eggs, including the iconic White House Easter Egg Roll and Easter egg hunts. Saturday, OTR’s Washington Park gets in on the tradition and hosts an Easter egg hunt of its own. For a couple hours, let the kids loose on the park grounds to uncover hidden, colored eggs.
10 a.m.-noon. Free. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
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