Where Did the Easter Bunny Come From?

Traditionally, Easter was a religious holiday. While many people still celebrate it this way, the holiday has become highly commercialized. People around the world celebrate with Easter egg hunts and lots of candy. Where did the whole idea of the Easter Bunny actually come from though? Keep reading to find out.

History of the Easter Bunny


While the exact origins of the "Easter Bunny" remain somewhat of a mystery, rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. Many pagan cultures across Europe held spring festivals to celebrate the renewal of life and promote fertility. One of the festivals was in honor of Eostre or Eastre, the goddess of dawn, spring and fertility. The festival was closely linked to the hare and eggs because of their fertility symbolism. Since the Eostre festival occurred around the same time as the Christian's celebration of Christ's resurrection, so the two celebrations became one. In German writings from the 1600s, the pagan rabbit image was converted into Oschter Haws, a rabbit that was believed to lay a nest of colored eggs as gifts for good children.

Easter Bunny in the United States


The Easter bunny was introduced to America by German immigrants in the 1700s, who brought over their stories of this egg-laying hare. Children would make nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. The custom quickly spread across the country, and became a big part of American culture. The tradition expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts in addition to the eggs. The nests were replaced with decorated Easter baskets. Today, communities celebrate with group Easter Egg Hunts for children of all ages and amazing feasts for Easter brunch! The holiday is a time to spend with family and friends.

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