All about Easter and the eggs kids love to hunt |

All about Easter and the eggs kids love to hunt

As we know, Easter is a big holiday for the Christian faith and for kids who love bunnies and egg hunts.

The ancient world’s celebration of the spring equinox was replaced in the Christian tradition by Easter, which is held on the Sunday following the first full moon after the equinox; this year, that means April 8.

The word is derived from the pagan goddess Eostre, according to the Venerable Bede, a scholarly first-century monk. And eggs, of course, symbolized fertility – of an emerging agricultural growing season and increases in population. To the Babylonians, the egg was a mystical sacred symbol.

What can one say about the chocolate egg that is popular today? Perhaps that it’s a reward for having suffered deprivation during Lent. Or maybe it’s just those great endorphins that make happy feelings.

The most expensive egg in history? Probably the bejeweled Russian Faberge« objects d’art, created in the 19th century, that czars gave to their mistresses. Such creations are available for purchase online today and are even advertised at bargain prices.

In today’s technology-driven world, “Easter eggs” are hidden treasures and trivia found on DVDs, video games, movies, TV commercials, CDs and CD-ROMs, accessible through nimble-fingered button pressing, by word of mouth or by sheer accident. Example: You might find snatches of music, political exhortations or the developer’s name. (source:

Back to old-fashion local Easter egg celebrations. More than 4,000 eggs will delight the kids at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley on Saturday, April 7. Rain or shine, this mother-of-all Easter egg hunts should see hundreds of little ones scurrying around to locate their booty. Even better, the Easter bunny itself will be available to sit for photos. Refreshments will be offered, and special prizes will be awarded. Arrival time is 8:30 a.m. The hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp. Call 432-1802 for more information.

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