Easter and the Bunny
Easter is a Christian Festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the New Testament, after the crucifixion of Jesus he would rise again on the third day. So where does the Easter Bunny fit into a Christian celebration of the death of Christ.
The Bible makes no mention of a bunny who delivers eggs to children on Easter Sunday; nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become as integral a part of easter as the man who's death and resurrection the whole season is about.
Rabbits and hares have long been associated with spring and rebirth since ancient times. It is thought that the Ango-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre, had a hare as her companion, which symbolised fertility and rebirth.
It’s hardly surprising that rabbits and hares have become associated with fertility as they are both prolific breeders and give birth to large litters in early spring.
The legend of the Easter Bunny is thought to have originated among German Lutherans, where the ‘Easter Hare’ judged whether children had been good or bad in the run-up to Easter.
Over time it has become incorporated into Christian celebrations and became popular in Britain during the 19th century.
Many children believe that the Easter Bunny lays and hides baskets of coloured eggs, in their homes or around the garden the night before Easter Sunday – much like Father Christmas delivering gifts on Christmas Eve.
This has given rise to the tradition of the Easter egg hunt which is still popular among children today.
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