why do they use rabbits for easter
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.
The Bible makes no mention of a long-eared, short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Sunday; nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of ChristianityБs most important holiday. The exact origins of this mythical mammal are unclear, but rabbits, known to be prolific procreators, are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life.
According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called БOsterhaseБ or БOschter Haws. Б Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U. S. and the fabled rabbitБs Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests.
Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping. Did You Know? The largest Easter egg ever made was over 25 feet high and weighed over 8,000 pounds. It was built out of choclate and marshmallow and supported by an internal steel frame.
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