SELLING Easter eggs and hot cross buns in January is detracting from the true meaning of Easter, according to a Warwick religious leader.
Reverend Rod Winterton from St Mark's Anglican Church said too much focus was being put on food, rather than the symbolism behind it.
"From our perspective, the fact those things are available already really detracts from the focus of Easter," he said.
"What happens is they just become a seasonal food like mangoes."
Eating Easter eggs and hot cross buns is a tradition spanning centuries, yet there's little thought given to what they symbolise, according to the Reverend.
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Rev Winterton said the cross on the bun and the egg are symbols of the death of Christ and his resurrection.
"You don't have to go too many years to a time when they really only started to appear a few weeks before Easter," he said.
"Traditionally the preparation for Easter starts Ash Wednesday, in mid-February.
"You look forward to eating hot cross buns and Easter eggs as a treat at the end of lent - they're a special thing for a small part of the year."
The reverend also expressed concerns about "commercialising" the religious festival.
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