This Sunday is Easter Sunday.
I thought I would talk about some belief history on the Easter bunny.
The idea of the Easter bunny came to America by German immigrants that lived in Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The Easter bunny was a rabbit that laid colored eggs and was called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.”
The tradition is still somewhat the same, which is that the magical hare will leave decorative eggs to well-behaved children. Also, children would leave carrots out for the bunny on Saturday night so the hare could eat if he was hungry.
There is no evidence that the Easter bunny is in The Bible, but the bunny is known to be an important symbol for Christianity’s Easter celebration. Though, according to The Conversation, the Bible talks about hares being unclean animals.
“And the hare, because he chewth the cud, but divideth not the hoofs; it is unclean unto you.”
The Easter bunny is known to represent fertility and new life, which leads to some weird facts on the holiday hare.
The mother of Jesus, Mary, has been companies with the Easter bunny because of the connection of virgin birth. Hares can produce another litter while pregnant with the first litter of offspring.
There is also a weird case about a woman named Mary Toft, who was reported to have given birth to a litter of rabbits in September, 1726, but it was later known to be a hoax.
The Easter bunny might also be associated with the Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess Ostara. According to Encyclopedia Mythica, Ostara had her bird changed into a rabbit that laid brightly colored eggs. Ostara also is known for giving gifts to children.
There will be a lot people this year celebrating Easter, so that means the Easter bunny will play a part in many homes.