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Who is the Easter Bunny?

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The Bible makes no mention of a long-eared, short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday; nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of Christianity’s 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 Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its coloured eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s 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.

Why Easter Eggs?

We all know that Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting and then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Did you know?

The largest Easter egg ever made was over 27 feet high and weighed over 8,800 pound’s. It was built in Argentina and assembled using a wooden frame as foundation for the chocolate spread.

Outdoor Fun

Easter egg hunts put the fun into Easter Sunday and are a great way to engage children in physical activity before the chocolate eating begins. You will find lots of ideas online from, basket making, egg painting, to hunt map drawing. How about making up your own rules for your Easter out door fun, and start some new family traditions which all the family will enjoy.

 

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