Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Easter Bunny, Origin and The Meaning!

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Easter Bunny Origin and The Meaning!
Easter is the holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and it does not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendar, but this year is the same on Sunday 16th. Easter Bunny brings all the joy within and this is where he comes from.
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There's no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny.

 The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.

Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide.

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 was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682 referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter eggs for the children.

A 1907 postcard featuring the Easter Bunny
 The idea of an egg-giving 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".

 Over the past 200 years, the Easter bunny has become the most commercially recognized symbol of Easter in the United States. Other countries use other animals as the symbol of Easter, such as the cuckoo (in Switzerland).

 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.

Our focus is on Christ and not the Easter bunny, our children will understand that, like Santa Claus, the Easter bunny is merely a symbol
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