Easter is one of my favorite holidays, I mean what is not to like ? you have chocolate bunny’s, peeps, jelly beans, Easter parades and the list just goes on and on. If you are a chocolate lover like me than this holiday is a never ending sugar rush. While I was thinking about all the sweet treats that Easter has to offer, I did start to wonder about the origin of good ol Peter Cottontail. That life size hoping bunny with a basket full of eggs deserved a little research into his start as the symbol of Easter. So, after a little searching on the web I thought I would share his story.
The Easter Bunny symbol started with a pagan festival that worshiped the goddess of spring and fertility. Her name was Eastre and her earthly symbol was the rabbit. Since the rabbit is one of the most common symbols of fertility and rebirth it is not a surprise that this would be her symbol.
The next time we hear about Peter is around the 1500’s in German writings, it is in these writings that the bunny gets its use as a Easter symbol. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany in the early 1800’s . They were not made from chocolate though, they were actually made from pastry and sugar.
German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country around the 1700’s were the fist to introduce the Easter bunny into American folklore. The arrival of the “Oschter Haws” was considered “childhood’s greatest pleasure” The children believed that if they were good the “Oschter Haws” would lay a nest of colored eggs The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests . The use of elaborate Easter baskets would come later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread through out the country.
Today Peter and Easter go hand and hand, it would not be much of a holiday if I did not see his furry smiling face with a basket full of Easter goodies in his hand.
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