Easter Ham

What exactly is the symbolism behind the custom of eating ham at Easter – of eating a non-kosher food to celebrate a story that is set against the backdrop of the Jewish Passover?

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  • Sam

    I think this might be an American thing. I’m British and I’ve never heard of anyone having ham on Easter Sunday. Lamb is more usual- or just Roast Beef.

  • Michael Wilson

    It is a borrowing from the Germans. Swine were sacred to Frey and Freya, dieties of spiring and fertility.

  • Lloyd McClarren

    There is this theory: Jesus in his death and resurrection freed mankind from the Old Testament law forbidding the eating of pork. The eating of the Easter Ham is an expression of freedom from this law.

  • GakuseiDon

    I’m an Australian, and I’ve never heard of such a tradition either. Ham at Christmas, yes, but not at Easter.