Easter has also become just as commercialised as any other holiday. Figures such as the chick, Easter bunny and baskets have all been adopted by our pals at the supermarkets.
However, these two sides of the Easter Sunday story may have more in common than you think, mainly in a theory about why we have hollow chocolate Easter eggs. As a child it was always a puzzling moment when the Easter egg was hollow with nothing inside, I thought that the supermarket (sorry Easter Bunny) would put the Mini-Eggs or chocolate bars inside the egg. But nope, it was always hollow.
The theory goes, that hollow chocolate Easter eggs are the meeting ground between the religious origins of the day and commercialism. The completely empty shell of chocolate is supposedly meant to represent the empty shell of the tomb left by Jesus when he rose from the dead. The tomb is empty, so the egg is empty.
Some even take this theory further and believe that by breaking the shell (the chocolate Easter egg) it shows that death, depicted by the tomb, cannot confine Jesus. He, ultimately, conquered death. I know it seems strange that a theory about hollow chocolate Easter eggs could be taken this far, but it does make sense when you think about it.