Happy Easter everyone! Got your stash of chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies yet?
Easter is a well celebrated festival, that we all know. But what has a bunny got to do with Easter?
The story of the Easter Bunny
The Easter bunny is an anthropomorphic rabbit that lays egg and sneaks into homes the night before Easter to deliver baskets full of coloured eggs, toys and chocolate. We are not too sure either but according to some sources, the birth of the Easter bunny started with:-
1) The German immigrants who arrived in the 1700s in America told their kids about a hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws” that could lay coloured eggs. Children made nests hoping that the hare will drop by and lay their coloured eggs in them. Eventually the custom spread across US and Easter morning deliveries expanded to other sugar goodies such as candies and chocolates while nests were replaced with decorated baskets.
2) The Teutonic deity Eostra who was the goddess of spring and fertility, was worshipped and feasts were held in her honour during Vernal Equinox (the day that Easter falls on). Her symbol was the rabbit (Rabbits has high production rate, and are known to be an ancient symbol of fertility and new life.)
1. ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, especially to a deity.
2. resembling or made to resemble a human form: an anthropomorphic carving.