why do we have the easter bunny
What is Easter about? Easter is a Christian festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible says Christ died on the cross on Good Friday and came back to life three days later. Easter is on different dates each year, between 21 March and 25 April, depending on when there's a full moon in spring. There are some unusual modern traditions associated with it. Why do we have Easter eggs? A lot of us may chomp on chocolate eggs at Easter, but originally eating eggs was not allowed by the church during the week leading up to Easter (known as Holy Week). So any eggs laid that week were saved and decorated to make them 'Holy Week eggs', then given to children as gifts.
Victorians adapted the tradition with satin covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts. Why are Easter eggs made of chocolate? Giving chocolate gifts is common at Easter time. The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th century but were bitter and hard. As chocolate-making techniques improved, hollow eggs like the ones we have today were developed. They very quickly became popular and remain popular today. What's the Easter Bunny then? The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th century.
Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life. He doesn't do all the work alone though. In Switzerland, Easter eggs are delivered by a cuckoo, and by a fox in parts of Germany.
Who are you? Where do you come from? (Picture: Getty) As traditions go, it s one of the better ones Ppeople dressing up as Easter bunnies and distributing chocolate eggs. So, we re not complaining.
But, where did the Easter Bunny come from and why does it always come bearing colourful eggs? Although Easter is a Christian festival, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, bizarrely, the Bible makes no mention of the bit where a fluffy bunny appeared and started distributing Creme Eggs. In fact, the bunny is a pagan symbol early Christianity adopted manyPancient pagan practices and several are seen during the Easter celebrations. Easter bunnies are a throwback to the pagan festival of Eostre, the northern goddess of fertility, whose symbol was a rabbit or hare.
PRabbits are of course traditionally associated with fertility (you know, at it like rabbits ) and new life. The concept of the Easter Bunny as we know and love it today is first believed to have originated among German Protestants around the 1600s. A bit like Santa Claus, the Bunny (or Easter Hare as it was known then) would judge children and decide whether they deserved an Easter egg hunt or not. These days, the rabbit s a little friendlier and tends to give out eggs willy-nilly. The reason the Bunny traditionally gives out eggs from a basket is thought to date back to thePPennsylvania Dutch in the 1700s.
They believed in an egg-laying hare calledPthe Osterhase Por Oschter Haws. Their children would build nests in which the hare could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, chocolate treats would replace the coloured eggs and decorated baskets would replace the nests. As for all the eggs, that tradition has its roots in Paganism too another symbol of new life, eggs appeared in pagan festivals celebrating spring. For Christians, the egg symbolises the moment Jesus emerged from the tomb following his resurrection. As for why they re chocolate, well, why not? MORE: MORE: MORE:
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