Easter is just a few days away. We think about coloring eggs, treasure hunts, and bunnies. I began to wonder where the tradition of the Easter bunny came from.
After a little research, I discovered that the Easter bunny originated with a pagan festival. Eastre, was a pagan goddess whose earthly form was a rabbit. In pre-Christian fertility lore, The hare and rabbit were considered the most fertile animals, and they represented new life in springtime.
Writings dating to the 1500’s attribute the bunny to the Germany people. When Germans migrated to America, they brought the Easter bunny mythology with them. The first edible Easter bunnies were made of pastry and sugar, not chocolate, in the early 1800’s. It was believed a white rabbit would leave brightly colored eggs for good children on Easter morning.
It wasn’t until after the Civil War that Easter was widely celebrated in America. Children would build a nest in a hidden area of their house or land from their hats. Hence, the Easter bonnet and the tradition of the Easter hat for women.
May your Easter basket be full on Sunday.