Easter is a great time of the year for family to get together and to celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. We get to feast and enjoy Easter baskets or other gifts from the Easter Bunny. But did you ever wonder where the Easter Bunny comes from? And why does it lay eggs if it’s a bunny?
According to Got Questions, Easter originates from the pagan figure Eastre, who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by Saxons of northern Europe. A festival was held to honor her. It is a name for the celebration of sunrise and the change of seasons, which Christians eventually applied to the resurrection of Christ and the new era he brought.
The rabbit is Eastre’s symbol, which symbolizes fertility because they give birth to large litters in spring.
The legend of the Easter Bunny bringing eggs was brought to the U.S. in the 1700s by German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and, according to Google, “transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called ‘Osterhase’ or ‘Oschter Haws.’” The immigrants’ children created nests where the bunny could lay its colorful eggs.
Today, kids wake up to Easter baskets that the Easter Bunny/Spring Bunny, or Easter Hare, brought in the middle of the night filled with candy, toys, and maybe eggs. Sometimes they’ll be in an easy-to-find place or the Easter Bunny will make you search for them.
The Easter Bunny bringing Easter baskets to kids in the middle of the night is almost the same thing as Santa Clause bringing gifts to people’s house the night before Christmas.
However, the holiday isn’t just about the gifts or candy, it’s more about the meaning of it. Celebrating the resurrection of Christ and spending time with your family is what it’s all about. Hopefully parents teach their children the meaning of Easter and why it’s important, otherwise, they’ll just think it’s the day the Easter Bunny comes and leaves candy and eggs.