Origins of the Easter Bunny

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Ever wonder how the bunny became associated with the Christian holy day Easter? Here’s some information from Wikipedia along with some vintage Easter cards which are so wonderful. Have a happy Easter and glorious spring!

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The hare was a popular motif in medieval church art. In early Christian times, the idea that a hare could reproduce without loss of virginity led to an association with the Virgin Mary Hares and rabbits are seen in many Christian and secular manuscripts and Northern European paintings of the Virgin and Christ child. The hare also was associated with the Holy Trinity, as in the three entwined hare motif seen in church decorations.  . Since birds lay eggs and rabbits & hares give birth to large litters in early spring, these became symbols of the rising fertility of the earth at the Spring Equinox.

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According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German Lutherans who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christina Olds
    Apr 03, 2015 @ 12:39:24

    Fascinating info! Thank you.

    Reply

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