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How Did the Easter Bunny Become Part of Easter

Easter is coming very soon. Do you know why the Easter bunny is part of it?

Easter is a traditional Christian holiday where it is believed that Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified on the cross 3 days earlier (Good Friday).  So Where did the Easter bunny come from?  Did the Easter bunny bring Jesus back to life?  There is no mention of the Easter bunny in the Bible, but somehow the Easter bunny has become an icon for this Christian holiday. 

The Easter bunny seems to have German origin.  There is record of the Easter bunny as a symbol of Easter in the early 1600s in a German publication.  The Easter bunny did not reach the United States until the 18th century.  It started out as the bunny bringing eggs to peoples homes.  This of course has evolved to the Easter bunny bringing eggs, candy, and even toys.  The legend is that the Easter bunny brings each child a basket filled with some sort of goodies, eggs, candy, etc.  The Easter bunny in legend also takes the time to hide eggs in the home or outside for the children to find.  But why a bunny or rabbit?  

Rabbits are ancient symbols of fertility.  We have all heard the cliche breed like rabbits.  Rabbits can actually get pregnant with a second litter while pregnant with the first.  (This is known as superfetation.)  Since rabbits usually have large litters in the spring it is not a surprise that they would become a symbol of fertility in the spring.  Easter occurs in the Spring, so all these symbols of Spring have been meshed with Easter.  Why does the Easter Bunny bring eggs?  Most of us learned in school that most mammals (a rabbit is a mammal) do not lay eggs.

Rabbits do not lay eggs, but eggs are also a symbol of fertility.  Another sign of spring being here.  When the Easter bunny was first introduced in the US, it was introduced as an egg laying bunny.  We all now know better than that.  Apparently, the Easter bunny has to steal the eggs from some type of bird, probably a chicken before he makes his way to all the children's homes.  As fun as the Easter bunny and egg hunts are, let us remember the real meaning behind Easter.       

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Comments (2)

Great article and certainly for these days. We also know Easter Bunny in our country (Belgium) but it is tradition that clocks of Rome bring the Easter Eggs for the children and they collect them early in the morning. It is a wonderful holiday for children.

Sorry it seems I was not logged in. Great article and certainly for these days. We also know Easter Bunny in our country (Belgium) but it is tradition that clocks of Rome bring the Easter Eggs for the children and they collect them early in the morning. It is a wonderful holiday for children.

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