I was having coffee with someone on Saturday and she asked how on earth we get from the resurrection of Jesus to Peeps. How does a time in the year, which was originally chosen to honor the death and rebirth of Jesus, become a holiday that includes candy and decorated eggs?
If you’re willing to believe Wikipedia, the Passover Seder service includes an egg as a symbol of new life. Persians painted eggs for their New Year celebration, which was on the spring equinox. I guess it’s not surprising that the egg, from which new life came all the time, would get associated with rebirth and the return of spring. It’s one of the strengths of all religion, that it can use simple ideas that everyone understands to explain concepts that are hard to even talk about, never mind understand. But it’s also one of the strengths of literature, and of art.
Anyway, happy Palm Sunday to the Christians; happy Passover to the Jews tomorrow; and happy whatever to the Muslims, since my research into whether there’s a Muslim holiday around this time has been ineffective.