Just who is the Easter Bunny and where can I find them?

April 03, 2021

Just who is the Easter Bunny and where can I find them?

The Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.

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We all know this, but WHERE did the Easter Bunny come from? 

The Easter Bunny as we know them today originated among German Lutherans, and was called the "Easter Hare". To begin with it wasn't egg hunts, brightly colored bonnets and fun in the sun with your friends. Originally, the Easter Hare played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Easteride. 

Wait a minute! Who else engages in this kind of judgement? SANTA! So so judgmental these folklore figures we all know of today.  Anyway, I digress slightly there from today's lesson about when folklore and fun collide. 

The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy, and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus or the Christkind, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holidays.

The custom of delivering eggs on Easter was first mentioned in Georg Frank von Franckenau's (trying saying that three times fast) De ovis paschalibus ('About Easter Eggs') in 1682, referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children.

Where do Easter Eggs feature in this story? 

First of all; I love Easter Eggs, well more specifically I am obsessed with the Cadbury's Cream egg - they only come for easter now and they were my absolute favorite to receive from my Nanna Betty every single year from when I could remember. If you were really lucky you would receive an easter egg gift set which had inside a chocolate egg, 2 small creme eggs and a special edition MUG (small kids mug or an adult mug for the grown ups).

Fast forward some 30 years and I am all grown up I now buy myself a pack of those delicious gooey confectionary treats to enjoy on Easter Sunday and the question still remains 'How do you eat yours?'. 

Symbolism of the Easter Egg

Here's where my inner history nerd comes out to play folks and we delve back in time to bring you some facts, this witch likes to know the whole story from beginning - via a detour - to end. 

Eggs have been used as fertility symbols since antiquity. Eggs became a symbol in Christianity associated with rebirth as early as the 1st century AD, via the iconography of the Phoenix egg, and they became associated with Easter specifically in medieval Europe, when eating them was prohibited during the fast of Lent.  A common practice in England at that time was for children to go door-to-door begging for eggs on the Saturday before Lent began. People handed out eggs as special treats for children prior to their fast.

As a special dish, eggs would probably have been decorated as part of the Easter celebrations. Later, German Protestants retained the custom of eating colored eggs for Easter, though they did not continue the tradition of fasting.

 Eggs boiled with some flowers change their color, bringing the spring into the homes, and some over time added the custom of decorating the eggs. Many Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red, the color of blood, in recognition of the blood of the sacrificed Christ (and, of the renewal of life in springtime). Some also use the color green, in honor of the new foliage emerging after the long-dead time of winter. The Ukrainian art of decorating eggs for Easter, known as pysanky, dates to ancient, pre-Christian times. Similar variants of this form of artwork are seen amongst other eastern and central European cultures.

The idea of an egg-giving hare went to the U.S. in the 18th century. Protestant German immigrants in the Pennsylvania Dutch area told their children about the " Osterhase" (sometimes spelled "Oschter Haws"). Hase means "hare", not rabbit, and in Northwest European folklore the "Easter Bunny" indeed is a hare.

According to the legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter. This again is like the aforementioned "He's making a list and he's checking it twice. He's gonna find out who's been naughty or nice.." Mr Santa Claus / Father Christmas himself earlier in our tale about the Easter Bunny. 

 

 

Until the next Tale from the Witch, be good & be kind to each other. 

The Pendle Wick

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