The name Easter is derived from an ancient Teutonic goddess of fertility named Estere whose feasts were celebrated in the spring. Today, Easter is celebrated by Christians all around the world with food and festivities to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring between March 22 and April 25 and is therefore called a movable feast.
From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers. This is how the tradition of decorating Easter eggs came about. Today, children hunt colored eggs and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs -those made of plastic or chocolate candy.
Many Christians fast or eat meatless meals in the 40 Days of Lent preceding Easter, and lamb is the traditional centerpiece of the Easter table signifying the season of renewal and rebirth. Ham is also a traditional food prepared for Easter. Melissa's can help with your Easter feast… try our delicious menu suggestions to make your feast delicious and satisfying for your entire family.