Easter tradition origins
KALAMAZOO, Mich. —
Easter has many traditions, both religious and secular. Some of those traditions include the Easter bunny, coloring eggs and eating candy.
The Easter Bunny is believed to be linked to the holiday, because rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life; two ideas associated with spring and Easter. The bunny idea was believed to be started in Europe in the 17th Century and brought to America by German immigrants.
Easter eggs are also symbols of fertility, but once were banned during Lent, so they were on the Easter Sunday menu. Coloring eggs is believed to come from Russia, when royalty would gift jeweled and decorated eggs during Easter.
Easter is the second most popular holiday for candy, behind Halloween. $18.2 billion is spent on Easter and 89 percent of purchases will be on candy.