Crazy Facts About the Easter Bunny
Some crazy facts about the Easter Bunny. Did you ever wonder where the Easter Bunny originated? I had no clue what the Easter Bunny had to do with Easter, AND, why did a furry, woodland mammal have a basket full of colored eggs? It was a mystery to me, and all those I asked until now. I went on a quest to find out these answers and more!
A few years ago, back in B.C. times, pagans celebrated Spring as a source of renewal and rebirth after a harsh winter. In celebration, pagan cultures would hold festivals. One festival celebrated in Northern Europe by the pagans was in honor of Eostre or Eastre, the goddess of dawn, spring and fertility. Eoster was closely linked to the hare and the egg, which are both symbols of fertility.
As Christianity spread, it was a common practice to sprinkle pagan rituals and ideas into the message to make transistion to Christianity easier. As a result many pagan festivals were turned into Christian holidays to help convert them. The Eostre festival was celebrated at the same time as the Christian Easter, so the two celebrations converged over time. Cultures were blending, so it was only natural to incorporate the rabbit and eggs symbols into the Christian Easter.
The hare was first documented in conjunction with Easter by the Germans in the 1600s. It became Oschter Haws, a rabbit that laid multi-colored eggs as gifts for good boys and girls. He made the jump to the United States with the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1700s, where he evolved into the Easter Bunny. The Germans also started make Oschter Haws in chocolate in the 1800s and a fond tradition was born. Seriously, who doesn’t love to snap the ears off of his/hers chocolate Easter Bunny?
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