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The Spring Basket : Easter Basket history

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Posted on April 14 2017

Why do we think of baskets when we think of Easter?
As with Christmas, many of Easter's customs come from various folk customs and pagan traditions. Easter is related to the Spring equinox. It occurs on the Sunday after the first full moon following the equinox. This first moon was a sign to farmers to make sure they planted the first seeds of the season. 
One ancient tradition during this time was to bring baskets of seedlings to the goddess of fertility, Eostre (who carried a basket of eggs), for her blessing to increase the chance of a plentiful harvest.  
In Christian history, dating back to the 7th century, it was custom after fasting through Lent, to bring their Easter feast by basket to the Church for a blessing.  
These ancient traditions involving a basket became woven into the celebration and holiday. 
Baskets are an ever helpful tool for gathering and storage.  Perfect for the Spring season and year round to make your home gathered and collected. 

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