The English word, Easter comes from the Anglo-Saxon name for April, Eastermunath. According to Saxon scholar, Bede, it was named after a goddess called Eostre. In the early years of Christianity, there was a dispute over the date of Easter. In 325, the Nicean Council decided it should be on the first Sunday after the full moon of the Spring equinox and that is why it is on a different date each year.
During the Middle Ages, Christians were forbidden to eat eggs during Lent. After Easter, many people ate eggs. In those days, people painted eggs red. By the 18th century, many folks bought artificial eggs and were given out at Easter as gifts. Chocolate eggs weren’t made until the 19th century.