An Easter Bunnys Journey by Russell WhiteheadHave you ever wondered why Easter Bunnies hide Easter eggs on Easter morning? Well, the Little Bunny in this story knows, or at least he should know. After all, all the bunnies in his family have been Easter Bunnies as far back as anyone can remember. However, it seems hes been having so much fun hiding his Easter eggs that hes simply forgotten what Easter is all about. Follow along as he meets a grumpy old owl, a shy field mouse, and an apathetic dairy cow on his journey to discover the true meaning of Easter. This story is designed to teach the true meaning of Easter to children of all ages.
The Very Strange History of the Easter Bunny
The most prominent secular symbol of the Christian holiday, the Easter bunny reportedly was introduced to America by the German immigrants who brought over their stories of an egg-laying hare. The decoration of eggs is believed to date back to at least the 13th century, while the rite of the Easter parade has even older roots. Other traditions, such as the consumption of Easter candy, are among the modern additions to the celebration of this early springtime 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. Eventually, the custom spread across the U. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping. Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions.
Rabbits and hares have also been associated with Mary, mother of Jesus, for centuries. Mary holds the rabbit in the foreground, signifying both her virginity and fertility. The rabbit is white to convey her purity and innocence. First it smells you, then it escapes, then it comes back, and you feel like caressing it, playing with it. A girl resembles a bunny. Joyful, joking. The Madonna of the Rabbit by Titian, public domain.
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Easter Sunday is a religious holiday to some and a family holiday for others, but how did the bunny get involved? There's no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets overflowing with scrumptious Easter goodies. And real rabbits certainly don't lay eggs. Why are these traditions so ingrained in Easter Sunday? And what do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus? Well, to be frank, nothing.
Finding a connection between a bunny that leaves colorful eggs stuffed with candy on Easter morning, and religion is hard. According to History , the age-old theory is that the Easter Bunny stems from Pagan traditions. Eostre pops up for you today, like a tender and ambitious shoot. Can you acknowledge--no, can you love--the slivers of you that are new, the bits that are vulnerable, the parts that are yet to be? Eggs are representations of new life.
Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, but the seasonal chocolate eggs and the bunny who delivers them are nowhere to be found in scripture. The exact origins of the Easter bunny are clouded in mystery. One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically the festival of Eostre—a goddess of fertility whose animal symbol was a bunny. Rabbits, known for their energetic breeding, have traditionally symbolized fertility. Hundreds of years ago, churches had their congregations abstain from eggs during Lent, allowing them to be consumed again on Easter.