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Joy Lutheran holds Easter egg hunt

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By Patricia A. Woodbury
Things were really “hopping” on Saturday, April 7 when Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church held its first annual Easter Egg Hunt.  This event was attended by about 70 children, mainly from the Upward Soccer league and their siblings.
The Easter Bunny hid 500 plastic eggs filled with goodies around the church building and soccer fields.  Pastor Edward Holloway, Jr. hid a special “golden egg” containing a nice monetary prize.  There was a very happy winner of this golden egg.
As the children arrived with their Easter baskets in hand, they were divided into two age groups: age six and under and 7 years and older.  
To make it fair, the younger ones were given a head start before the older group was allowed to start.
Did you know that there would not be an Easter Egg Hunt without the Easter Bunny?  
These rabbits are known for their prolific procreating that has long been a symbol of fertility.  
According to the History Channel, the Easter Bunny legend started long ago in Germany with an egg-laying hare named “Osterhase.”  German children made nests and left them outside for the hare to lay her eggs in.
Easter Egg Hunting began in America when German immigrants brought their Osterhase tradition to Pennsylvania in the 1700’s.  
The festivity soon spread across the nation, and baskets replaced nests.  Eventually, the game evolved into a treasure hunt, and the prizes expanded from just hard-boiled eggs or artificial ones, to include chocolate, candy, toys and coins.
Today many children wake up on Easter to find that the Easter Bunny has left them baskets of candy.  He has also hidden the eggs that they decorated earlier that week.  Children hunt for the eggs all around the house and some neighborhoods and organizations hold Easter egg hunts.
The meaning of the many different customs observed during Easter has been buried with time.  
In one way or another all the customs are a “salute to spring” marking re-birth.  Christians consider eggs to be “the seed of life” and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Christ.  
Some believe that the egg might represent the stone that was rolled away from Christ’s tomb, revealing his resurrection.
Easter is such a prominent event on the religious calendar and many families enjoy their part of the Easter egg hunt history.
 It is interesting to see where this tradition originated from and next time you get ready to hide some Easter eggs; you will know exactly why you are doing it.  
And for the children at the Joy Easter Egg Hunt they were more than happy with the treasures they found.  
They were warmed up just in time to play their regularly scheduled soccer game following the hunt.