easter egg.jpgChristians across the world will this weekend commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ during a period known as Easter.

 

While believers will be humbling themselves before the Lord, commercialisation is threatening to wipe the true meaning of this holiday as the selling of Easter eggs and bunnies overshadows the meaning of Easter celebrations.

 

Modernity has turned the Christian Easter holiday into another commercial festive.

Just like Christmas, Easter has become another commercial racket. Candy and chocolate in the form of Easter eggs and bunnies happen to be the staple food for the holiday. Millions of dollars are netted through the selling of Easter eggs and bunnies.

 

But how did chocolate and candy become a central part in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There’s no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets overflowing with scrumptious Easter goodies.

 

What is interesting about Easter is that it is also not written about in the bible.

 

The biblical holiday is the Passover which was celebrated by Christ himself on a day which was later popularised as the Last Supper.

 

The Easter commemorations began hundreds of years after the death of Christ.

 

Over 2 000 years later, it has been hijacked by the modern virus of commercialisation.

 

The Easter process is believed to begin with a lengthy 40-day fasting before Good Friday with Christ’s sacrificial role on the cross leading to the forgiveness of human sin.

 

However, this fasting period might not have any commercial value and this explains why it has not been popularised.

 

So while the scuffing of chocolate bunnies and marshmallow eggs may have become a modern Easter norm just maybe Christians should sit down and truly reflect on the meaning of Christ’s resurrection.