Read on to know about the Easter bunny. Explore the history and origin of Easter bunny.
The Easter bunny is one of the most adorable Easter symbols. During
Easter children eagerly wait for this furry benefactor to bring them
colored eggs and gift baskets filled with chocolates. The legend of
Easter bunny has given birth to popular games such as Easter egg hunt.
During Easter gift galleries are swamped with cute stuffed bunny toys
and confectionary shops do brisk business by selling chocolate bunny
rabbit cookies and cakes.
The origin of the Easter bunny can be traced to ancient pagan
celebrations which regarded rabbits as symbols of fertility because
these animals give birth to multiple offspring at a time. Since rabbits
were fertility icons, these became symbols of the rising fertility of
the earth at the Vernal Equinox. Ancient tribes celebrated the beginning
of spring at the vernal equinox by blessing seeds for growth and placing
colored eggs on an altar.
Easter bunny became a part of modern day Easter celebration in Germany,
where tales were told of an "Easter hare" who laid eggs for
children to find. German immigrants to America -- particularly
Pennsylvania -- brought the tradition with them and spread it to a wider
public. They also baked cakes for Easter in the shape of hares, and may
have pioneered the practice of making chocolate bunnies and eggs.