The date of Easter isn’t a fixed day like other holidays. It fluctuates between March 22 and April 25. This is due to the vernal equinox always being March 20 or 21, and the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the equinox is Easter. Equinox translates to equal night – as many hours of night as day.
This indicates spring for those of us in the northern hemisphere; autumn for those in the southern hemisphere. And the arrival of spring has always been celebrated for its symbol of hope, rebirth, life emerging again from a deep slumber. Even the word ‘Easter’ comes from the ancient word for spring – ‘eastre’ – and is traditionally thought to be taken from the Pagan Goddess of fertility – Eostre or Eastur, or other various spellings.
The ancient Zoroastrians in Iran were the first to present decorated eggs. Eastern Christians connect Mary Magdalene with colored eggs. They believe she brought hard cooked eggs for the women who came to Jesus’ tomb and they miraculously turned red at the rolled away stone.
Plovers – birds who nest on the ground – often take over the nests of hares and thus was the correlation between rabbits and eggs hatched. And the hare has a 28 day cycle – matching that of the lunar cycle.
So there you have it in simple form. The Easter egg and equinox connection, along with the rabbit.