Easter baskets are one of the symbols of happiness. Children have been enjoying this for centuries. In modern days, these baskets are especially linked to Easter Sunday. Though it is a Christian tradition, this is celebrated throughout the world. If we go back and search for the origin, then the roots can be found way before the birth of Christ.
History of Easter Baskets
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Is there any History of Easter Baskets?
Baskets have become indispensible part of Easter Sunday. Though it is a symbol of Christianity, it is celebrated by everyone nowadays irrespective of religion. How did it all start? Easter is a festival that celebrates the last days of his life along with his resurrection. During the 40 day Lent celebration, which precedes Easter, many devoted Christians don't have food along with other items until the season of Easter comes. During this time, celebrations were done with lots of foods along with gifts from relatives and friends. The baskets were brought to the churches for blessings from the priests. This is how the custom of offering baskets of food and drinks started.
Baskets in Middle Eastern Cultures
Middle Eastern cultures including Babylonians, Assyrians, Arabs and Hebrews also celebrated similar kinds of things. These were particularly spring traditions. This is the time when first seedlings of new crops were celebrated. They took baskets of seedlings in baskets for blessings from gods so that they have a good harvest in the coming year. The Middle Eastern cultures used first moon after spring equinox as the sign to plant the seeds.
Baskets in Ancient Harvesting Cultures
Farmers during ancient cultures were predominantly dependant on crops as well as livestock. They prayed for fertile land from their gods. Spring equinox was special for them because:
i. It signifies the end of cold and shivering winter, followed by the start of joyous spring
ii. It signifies the time of sowing seeds
How do Traditional Easter Baskets look like?
A traditional basket consists of Butter, special bread, eggs, horseradish, ham, smoked bacon, cheese, salt, sprigs of greenery, colorful ribbons, linen cover and candle.
What are the Top 10 Modern Easter baskets?
The top 10 ones are mentioned in this article:
1. Pom-Pom Chicks and Daffodils
3. Crepe Paper Rose
4. Tulip Egg Basket
5. Metallic Polka-Dotted Eggs
6. Glittered Floral Egg
7. Golden Easter
8. Flowered Easter
9. Pansies and Chocolate Bunnies
10. Easter Basket Favors