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Big confectionery companies, like Cadbury in England, started manufacturing chocolate eggs."Chocolate that used to be something that's bitter and drunk became something that was sweetened and turned into a confectionery treat," Professor Cusack said.Australia's significant public holiday periods of Easter and Christmas are based on Christian European celebrations.Christian Australians will attend church services and the majority of secular Australians will enjoy the four-day weekend feasting and relaxing with family and friends.All the while, the chocolate bunnies and eggs serve as a reminder of Easter's ancient origins and Christian traditions."Postage services became affordable and people wanted to keep in touch with people," Professor Cusack said."Card companies like Hallmark became big by launching images of cute little rabbits and Easter eggs on cards."The first edible Easter bunnies made from sugared pastry were made in Germany in the 19th century.
"Since pre-historic times, people have celebrated the equinoxes and the solstices as sacred times," University of Sydney Professor Carole Cusack said."The spring equinox is a day where the amount of dark and the amount of daylight is exactly identical, so you can tell that you're emerging from winter because the daylight and the dark have come back into balance."People mapped their whole life according to the patterns of nature." Following the advent of Christianity, the Easter period became associated with the resurrection of Christ."In the first couple of centuries after Jesus's life, feast days in the new Christian church were attached to old pagan festivals," Professor Cusack said."Spring festivals with the theme of new life and relief from the cold of winter became connected explicitly to Jesus having conquered death by being resurrected after the crucifixion." In 325AD the first major church council, the Council of Nicaea, determined that Easter should fall on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox."He recalls a folklore that hares would hide the coloured eggs that children hunted for, which suggests to us that as early as the 18th century, decorated eggs were hidden in gardens for egg hunts," Professor Cusack said.Commercialisation during the 19th century saw rabbits become a popular symbol of Easter with the growth of the greeting card industry.
A typical claim one finds about Christmas as a “Christianized pagan holiday” relates to the Roman observance of Sol Invictus.