The name Easter comes from the name Eastre, an ancient Anglo-Saxon goddess, originally of the dawn, represented by the rabbit.
Where the cross is representative of the crucifixion of Christ (which Christians believe is Christ’s self sacrifice in saviour of people from their sins, and therefore representative of Christianity), the egg is representative of his reincarnation (rebirth), celebrated as Easter on a Sunday after Lent.
Lent is the vegan fasting period of Christians, which is around 40 days, representative of the duration that Christ fasted in the desert. It is a time of prayer, abstinence, and fasting.
Mardi Gras (Spanish for Fat Tuesday) is right before Lent to let loose (and go wild lOlz).
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent where ash is rubbed on the forehead, representative of the notion that man is but dust.
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